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, and Durban. 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.

Our Staff

To get in touch, send us an email at info@lhr.org.za, or find the LHR office closest to you.


Kutlwanong Democracy Centre
357 Visagie Street

Tel: 012 320 2943

Thato Gaffane

Wayne Ncube
National Director

Louise du Plessis
Head: Land & Housing Programme

Etta Marais
Administrator: Land & Housing Programme

Hlengiwe Mtshatsha
Manager: Legal Clinic

Louisa Thomo
Attorney: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Mamukeleni Tsunga
Candidate Attorney

Nothando Madondo
Candidate Attorney

Palesa Maloisane
Candidate Attorney

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


4th Floor Southpoint Corner Building
87 De Korte Street

Tel: 011 339 1960

Michael Clements
Head of Programmes

Sharon Ekambaram
Head: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Thandeka Chauke
Manager: Statelessness Unit

Jessica Lawrence
Manager: Legal Clinic

Nyiko Manyusa
Attorney: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Robin Lenahan
Attorney: Statelessness Unit

Charné Tracey
Attorney: Strategic Ligation Programme

Mametlwe Sebei
Attorney: Environmental Rights Programme

Deborah Raduba
Attorney: Land and Housing Programme

Nabeelah Mia
Attorney: Penal Reform Programme

Tshegofatso Mothapo
Legal Researcher: Statelessness Unit

Felix Quibe
Candidate Attorney

Mimi Kambuyi
Cleaning & Catering, Translator


18 Watson Avenue

Tel: 015 534 2203

Ratanang Lekgwata

Thabe Mogoboya
Attorney: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Carol Lemekwana
Paralegal: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme


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

Tel: 031 301 0531

Dieudonne Bushabu
Receptionist & Administrator

Nomagugu Ngubane
Manager: Legal Clinic

Zekhethelo Cele
Attorney: Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme

Sihle Nyangiwe
Candidate Attorney

Gladys Shezi
Cleaning & Catering

Our 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.

Our Funders

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