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Our community paralegals are established, trusted activists and fighters for social change in their communities. We empower them with journalism skills necessary to help their communities and assist with access to justice. CJN is about helping rural community members produce their own radio stories. We carefully guide the paralegals so they can broadcast their radio stories on their local community radio stations.

The stories explore issues like domestic abuse, corruption, police violence and the abuse of inmates. Each story is based around a person who has come to a community advice office seeking help. We embed and promote the stories through on-line channels and find ways to republish the stories on  print and radio so that the story has the widest possible reach. Primarily we want to create a network between community radio stations and their nearby advice offices. Also, we want to provide a bridge between community media and mainstream digital outlets. Ultimately we want the stations and their listeners within this network to have access to these stories, but also those in urban centres like Johannesburg and Cape Town. The stories are often produced in local, African languages and without CJN these stories would otherwise be left unreported.

Richard ‘Bricks’ Mokolo
Orange Farm Human Rights Advice Centre, GP

Msizi Miya
Zanokuhle Advice Office & Resources Centre, KZN

Lindiwe Martins
Senzokuhle Advice Centre, MP

Daniel Dibe
Human Rights Legal Network, Ventersdorp

Nomaswazi Tshabalala
Ficksburg Advice Centre,
FS

Lebo Nyelele
Welkom

Bonisile Ngcobo 
Amaotana Community Advice Office 

Lindokuhle Macuacua
Kwadlangezwa Community Advice Office Centre, KZN

Ditebogo Ncube
Letlhabile Advice Centre, NW

Sophia Booysen
Kgatelopele Social Development Forum, NC

Sabelo Mfeka
Amaoti Community Resource, KZN

Jacob Matakanye
Messina Legal Advice Office, LP

James Chirwa
Messina Legal Advice Office, LP

Nobuzwe Mofokeng
Interchange Local Development Agency

Lebogang Madisha
Kwaguca Advice Office

CJN trains community paralegals to be radio journalists.
To do this we are partnered with the following advice offices and radio stations

Orange Farm Human Rights Centre
(Gauteng)
Thetha FM


Kgatelopele Social Development Forum
(Northern Cape)
Kurara FM


Messina Legal Advice Centre
(Limpopo)
Musina FM


Amaoti Community Resource Centre
(KZN)
Inanda FM


Interchurch Local Development Agency
(Eastern Cape)
Nkqubela FM (KQ FM)


Ficksburg Advice Centre
(The Free State, on the border with Lesotho)
Setsoto FM


Senzokuhle Advice Centre
(Mpumalanga)
Voice of the community (VOC FM )


Ventersdorp Human Rights Legal Network
(North West)
Star FM


Dobsonville Human Rights Centre
(Gauteng)
Sloot FM


Lebo Nyelele (Independent Paralegal)
(Free State)
The Rock FM


Kwaguca Advice Office
(Mpumalanga)
Emalahleni FM


Amaotana Community Advice Office
(KZN)
Izwi Lomzanzi FM


Previous partnerships

Ukuthula Advice Centre
(Mpumalanga)
KCRS


Mafefe Advice Office
(Limpopo)
Greater Lebowakgomo Community Radio


Jersey Farm Advice and Information Centre
(Eastern Cape)
UCR FM

On average, every day a paralegal journalist with the help of CJN produces a piece of social justice content to be broadcast on a partner radio station.

We Work In These Areas Around South Africa

Orange Farm

Orange Farm Human Rights Advice Office
This is a community 50km outside of Johannesburg. They deal with evictions and human rights. Bricks Mokolo runs the office and the radio station partner is Thetha FM.

Hennenman

Hennenman Victim Empowerment Forum
A farming community in The Free State. Dladla Mokeki runs the office. The partner radio station is Lejweleputswa District Community Radio Station (The Rock).

Musina

Messina Legal Advice Office
This office is right on the border with Zimbabwe and deals with issues of foreign nationals and family matters. The Head paralegal is Jacob Matakanye. The radio partner is Musina FM.

Amaoti

Amoati Community Resource Centre
Based in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The radio partner is Inanda FM.

Jersey Farm

Jersey Farm Advice and Information Centre
Based in the Eastern Cape. The radio partner is Unitra Community Radio.

Ficksburg

Ficksburg Advice Centre
This office is on the border with Lesotho. Tshabalala Nomaswazi runs the office. The radio partner is Setsotho FM.

Tzaneen

Relemogile Advice Office
Albert Makwela runs this office in Tzaneen in Limpopo. The radio partner is Greater Tzaneen FM.

Ventersdorp

1. Orange Farm Human Rights Advice OfficeThe office is based in Orange-Farm in Gauteng and deals with evictions and human rights issues. Bricks Mokolo runs the office and our partner radio station is Thetha FM.

2. Messina Legal Advice OfficeThis office is right on the border of Zimbabwe and deals with issues of foreign nationals and family matters. The Head paralegal is Jacob Matakanye. The radio partner is Musina FM.

3. Amaoti Community Resource Centre : Based in Inanda, Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our Paralegal is Sabelo Mfeka and is paired with Inanda FM.

4. Kwadlangezwa Advice Office and Resource Centre : Based in Port Dunford in KwaZulu-Natal, this office is managed by Lindokuhle Macuacua. Our partner station is ICORA FM. 

5. Ficksburg Advice Centre : This office is on the border with Lesotho. Nomaswazi Tshabalala runs the office. The radio partner is Setsoto FM.

6. Ventersdorp Human Rights Legal Network : This office in the North West province is embedded in South Africa’s rural farming communities. The Director is Daniel Dibe and the radio partner is Star FM.

7. Kgatelopele Social Development Forum : located in the town of Danielskuil in the Northern Cape, this office deals with issues of LGTBIQ+, Estates transfers, Divorce and Maintenance cases. Sophia Booysen is our paralegal in the area and works with Kurara FM.

8. Zanokuhle Advice Office  & Resources Centre : This office is located in Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal and is managed by Msizi Miya. Our partner radio station is Nqubeko FM in Ladysmith.

9. Dobsonville Human Rights Centre : This office is based in Dobsonville in Gauteng and is managed by Martha Chauke. The community radio partner is Sloot FM in  Diepsloot.

10. Interchurch Local Development Agency : This ofice is based in Uitenhage in Port-Elizabeth and managed by Nobuzwe Mofokeng. Our partner radio station is Nkqubela FM (KQ FM).

11. Senzokuhle Advice Centre : This office is based in Hendrina in Mpumalanga and is managed by Lindiwe Martins. Our partner radio station is The Voice of the community (VOC FM)  in Ermelo.

PREVIOUS PARTNERSHIPS

Ukuthula Advice Office Our Kwaggafontein based office tackles topics on domestic violence in Mpumalanga. The Head Paralegal is Nthofela Makhele. The radio station is KCRS.

Mafefe Advice Office : Lebowakgomo is a rural town with issues of labour and poverty in Limpopo. Each story was produced by community paralegals and first appeared on radio station Greater Lebowakgomo Community Radio.

Relemogile Advice Office : Albert Makwela runs this office in Tzaneen in Limpopo. The radio partner is Greater Tzaneen FM.

Heinemann Victim Empowerment Forum :A farming community in The Free State. Dladla Mokeki runs the office. 

Jersey Farm Advice and Information Centre : Based in Umtata in the Eastern Cape. The radio partner is Unitra Community Radio.

Kibera Community Justice Centre : based in Kenya Nairobi – our paralegal coordinator is Ruth Nzembi. 

We Have Paired Our Paralegals With These Community Radio Stations To Produce Social Justice Content