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Stories from Kwaggafontein

Kwaggafontein is an office devoted to domestic violence in Mpumalanga. The head paralegal is Nthofela Makhele. Our junior journalist is Jan Sindane.

Each story first appeared on partner community radio station Emalahleni FM and was produced by community paralegals.

Loan Sharks and Social Grants

Loan Sharks and Social Grants

Earlier this month it was ruled that the banks can reach into your social grant account and make a deduction – this is considered a legitimate action. This is an interesting verdict given the plight of most households across the country. Two of our offices, one based...

If your ex refuses to pay maintenance – here’s what to do.

If your ex refuses to pay maintenance – here’s what to do.

Thembi Skhosana from Kwaggafontein has three children, 8, 12 and 13 years respectively. She has not been receiving adequate support from the father of the children, Mandla. He says he is unemployed and and cannot pay maintenance. What options does Thembi have? Both parents have a legal duty to financially support their children. A primary caregiver has the right to apply to a maintenance court for an official demand that the other parent contribute monthly to the support of the child. Read more

What happens when caregivers misuse the Child Support Grant?

What happens when caregivers misuse the Child Support Grant?

The Child Support Grant is an important instrument of social protection in South Africa. The government financially assists parents and care givers with the monthly grant of R350 when parents do not earn enough to support the family or are unemployed. But what happens when the money is not going to the children? How can the payment be cancelled and given to the person who has the best interest for the children?

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

Thetha FM

Hennenman Victim Empowerment Forum
(Free State)

The Rock FM

Messina Legal Advice Centre

Musina FM

Amaoti Community Resource Centre

Inanda FM

Jersey Farm Advice and Information Centre
(Eastern Cape)


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

Setsoto FM

Relemogile Advice Office

Greater Tzaneen FM

Ventersdorp Human Rights Legal Network
(North West)

North West FM


(Previous partnerships)

Dobsonville Human Rights Centre

Hillbrow Radio

Ukuthula Advice Centre


Mafefe Advice Office

Greater Lebowakgomo Community Radio

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.