We use the law as a positive instrument for change for our clients, and in the public interest.

Who we are
We are an independent, non-profit, non-governmental human rights organisation, started by a group of activist lawyers in 1979.

Our programmes do strategic work in six areas of human rights law. Specialist legal practitioners and activists staff each programme.
LHR employs a holistic approach to social justice and human rights enforcement that includes strategic litigation, advocacy, law reform, human rights education, and community mobilisation and support.

Impact litigation, legal advice, and law reform: developing the law to bring it in line with the rights in the Constitution
LHR provides legal services through its law clinics and advice offices, located in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Musina, Durban, Cape Town, and Upington. This allows us to identify trends and strategic issues arising across the country and across vulnerable groups that may benefit from litigation.

Advocacy and rights education
We measure our success not only by the number of court cases won, but the impact of those victories on the real lives of those we serve. Community-based outreach, advocacy, and rights education are a core component of LHR’s legal interventions, in order to amplify the impact of critical legal outcomes.

LHR seeks out and builds partnerships not only with other civil society actors, but also with communities for which we act as legal representatives and advisors. This ensures that LHR is responsive to the changing social justice issues of the day.

Staff contacts

Select the office closest to you to find the contact details of the staff member that can assist you.


Kulwananong Democracy Centre
357 Visagie Street

Tel: 012 320 2943

Tumelo Mogale

Louise du Plessis
Head: Land & Housing Programme

Etta Marais
Administrator: Land & Housing Programme

Tarisai Mugunyani
Attorney: Land & Housing Programme

Thandeka Chauke
Attorney: Land & Housing Programme

Hlengiwe Mtshatsha
Manager: Legal Clinic

Louisa Thomo
Attorney: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Deborah Raduba
Candidate Attorney

Felix Quibe
Candidate Attorney

Lusungu Kanyama-Phiri
Legal Advisor: Statelessness Unit

Mildred Khumalo
Head: Finance & Operations

Gideon Mothapisi
Manager: Operations

Mary Mayaba

Lebogang Mogaswa
Finance Administrator

Pierre Sebakwiye

Caroline Tshikhudo
Finance Administrator

Kedibone Lefakane
Cleaning & Catering

Magdeline Mokolanyane
Cleaning & Catering

Richard Chauke
Security Officer

John Chauke
Security Officer

Paulos Sambo
Security Officer

Phumudzo Kholopa

Mokibelo Sebothoma


295 Lower Main Road
Cape Town

Tel: 021 424 8561

Ntombentsha Zwane

Clare Ballard
Head: Penal Reform Programme

Sanja Bornman
Head: Gender Equality Programme

June Julius
Office Assistant


4th Floor Southpoint Corner Building
87 De Korte Street

Tel: 011 339 1960

Magross Hlambelo
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Wayne Ncube
Head: Strategic Litigation Programme

Sharon Ekambaram
Head: Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme

Liesl Muller
Manager: Statelessness Unit

Jessica Lawrence
Manager: Legal Clinic

Robin Lenahan
Candidate Attorney

Charné Tracey
Candidate Attorney

Tshegofatso Mothapo
Candidate Attorney

Teboho Mashota
Paralegal Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Michael Clements
Head: Environmental Rights Programme

Mametlwe Sebei
Candidate Attorney

Abigail Dawson
Project Coordinator

Mimi Kambuyi
Cleaning & Catering, Translator


Room 110 & 111
Rivercity Centre
Corner Scott and Hill Streets

Tel: 054 331 2200

Afika Nqeto
Attorney: Land & Housing Programme

Andreas Motlhanke
Paralegal: Land & Housing Project

Wilhemina Thomas
Cleaning & Catering


18 Watson Avenue

Tel: 015 534 2203

Ratanang Lekgwata

Thabe Mogoboya
Attorney: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Daliwonga Mahlanza
Legal Counsellor: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Refilwe Ledwaba
Paralegal: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Nyiko Manyusa
Paralegal: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme


Room S104, Diakonia Centre
20th Diakonia Avenue (formerly St. Andrews Street)

Tel: 031 301 0531

Dieudonne Bushabu
Office Administrator

Nomagugu Ngubane
Attorney: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme Nomagugu Mlawe

Thandeka Duma
Attorney: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Zekhethelo Cele
Candidate Attorney

Gladys Shezi
Cleaning & Catering

The Board
Seehaam Samaai

Seehaam is the chair of the LHR Board of Trustees. She is the Director of the Women’s Legal Centre.

Arnold Tsunga

Arnold is the Africa Director at the International Commission of Jurists and previous recipient of the Martin Ennals Human Rights Award.

Nobuntu Mbelle

Nobunto is an advocate and a member of the Johannesburg Bar, and has previously worked in several international human rights NGOs.

Anthony Pillay

Anthony is the acting Executive Director of the Law Society of South Africa.


Lawyers for Human Rights is proud to have the generous support of the following donors, who make our work possible.