Stories from Lebowakgomo
Lebowakgomo is a rural town with issues of labour and poverty in Limpopo. The head paralegal is Zacharia Thobejane. Our junior journalist is Masesi Matseba. Each story was produced by community paralegals and first appeared on radio station Greater Lebowakgomo Community Radio.
The small claims court system aims to make justice accessible to people who cannot afford the legal fees that come with civil courts. In the small claims courts, the maximum amount one can claim is R15 000. Cases that are often handled by the small claims courts are between individuals and involve small monetary disputes over loan repayments, returning security deposits, failure to fix an appliance properly or even compensation for clothes or possessions destroyed during a romantic breakup; no claim is too insignificant for this court.
The Compensation Fund provides cash for employees who get hurt at work. Or sick from diseases contracted at work. Or, in the worst case scenario, if there is a death as a result of these injuries or diseases.
CJN’s Paralegal Journalist, Masesi Matseba, from the Mafefe Legal Advice Office in Limpopo, had a studio discussion on GLFM (89.8) on the topic of labour. She focussed specifically on the Compensation Fund
Farm workers in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo are facing numerous cases of dismissals which put them at the risk of being evicted. Many farm workers live on the property in which they work. When there is a break down in their employment relationship it also affects their livelihood and housing situation. Read more about the provisions of the that protect farm workers against illegal evictions
Not many citizens who are in need know about this social grant. The Mafefe Advice Office in Limpopo helped Mr Sebapu get the money from the government he deserved. The Grant-in-Aid is a social grant intended to assist people who require full time care. Adults who are unable to care for themselves because of either a disability or old age are able to receive assistance from the government>