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Southern Africa Litigation Centre

Johannesburg, South Africa
Joined March 2021

Our mission is to promote and advance human rights, democratic governance, rule of law and access to justice in Southern Africa through strategic litigation, advocacy and capacity strengthening.



Presence in: Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Women's Rights

Established in 2005, SALC is comprised of human rights lawyers who engage in strategic litigation in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We support local lawyers and community-based organisations in these countries to engage in advocacy, litigation and training. We focus on criminal justice, civil and political rights, socio-economic rights, international criminal justice, business and human rights, and equality rights. Within the latter area, we support cases and organisations dealing with persons with disabilities, sex workers, LGBTQI persons, migrants, children, and women.

People Associated With This Organization

Anneke Meerkotter

South Africa  
Southern Africa Litigation Centre
Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I am the Executive Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) - we work throughout Southern Africa to promote human rights and the rule of law. Our mission is to promote and advance human rights, democratic governance, rule of law and access to justice in Southern Africa through strategic litigation, advocacy and capacity strengthening. We believe in the promotion of democratic values, human dignity, substantive equality and non-discrimination. We focus our work on communities who are marginalised and face challenges in accessing legal, social and environmental justice.
We strive to foster an environment which respects the physical, mental and social well-being of our clients, partners and staff and encourages human flourishing. We strive to work in an inclusive, accountable, responsive, effective, consultative and empowering manner.

Bradley Fortuin

Botswana  
Southern Africa Litigation Centre
Joined June 2022
Interests: LGBTQI+ Rights
Bradley Fortuin is social justice activist with over ten years of experience in program design and strategic management, focusing on developing, implementing, and strengthening LGBTIQ+-led movements. I have worked with several Civil Society Organisations in Botswana through the co-creation of intersectional advocacy initiatives. My focus is on building and strengthening communities on human rights development as a guiding principle to enable active participation of queer-led movements in socioeconomic, political, and systemic inclusion with a keen interest in the Global South.
I am currently the LGBTIQ, sex work and disabilityprogram officer at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, working with regional organisations that advance the rights and wellbeing of LGBTIQ persons, sex works and people living with disabilities. This includes capacity building on legal empowerment, support and safety. Joining the network will help enhance my knowledge, access to resources to be able to support the communities further.

Melusi Simelane

Swaziland  
Southern Africa Litigation Centre
Joined June 2022
Interests: Community Organizing, LGBTQI+ Rights, Other, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information
Melusi Simelane holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing from the University of Eswatini (2021) and completed the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University in New York (2022). Having been selected by the US State Department to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Program in 2017, Melusi continues to advocate for marginalised communities’ acceptance and legal rights and build intersectional human rights coalitions to empower young leaders and activists across Southern Africa.

Melusi was the founding director of Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities, the country’s first membership-based LGBTQ organisation which aims to increase awareness of the social and systematic exclusion of LGBTQ citizens. He led the realisation of the country’s first LGBTQ Pride in 2018, celebrated worldwide.

Melusi’s work aims to position the day-to-day human experience as a central part of broader justice and international human rights movements in Southern Africa.

Paige Brimhall

South Africa  
Southern Africa Litigation Centre
Joined June 2022
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Women's Rights
I am currently an intern at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre. I am studying law in America and just finished my first year. I am interested in joining this course to learn further and expand my knowledge.

Pamela Timburwa

South Africa  
Southern Africa Litigation Centre
Joined November 2022
Interests: Children's Rights, Criminal Justice, Disability Rights, Education, Gender-based violence, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I am an operations manager in at an NGO that promotes and advances human rights and the rule of law in Southern Africa, primarily through strategic litigation and capacity-strengthening support to lawyers and grassroots organisations. I would be delighted to be empowered more legally as I do not have a legal background.

Rodrigo Canalli

United States  
Southern Africa Litigation Centre
Joined June 2022
Interests: Children's Rights, Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Right to Information
I'm currently (2021-2022) an International Law and Human Rights Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law, working in partnership with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre - SALC. I have previously worked as law clerk at the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court and taught law in universities in Brazil. Native Portuguese speaker. I am looking forward to join the Legal Empowerment 101 course in order to further develop strategic litigation skills, as I intend to turn my carree towards human rights litigation and advancement.

Zaynura Dolley

South Africa  
Southern Africa Litigation Centre
Joined June 2022
Hi there! I am an aspiring attorney (pending admission) and feel strongly about justice and human rights issues. During the course of study and vocational training I have had the opportunity to engage marginalized communities on legal issues by offering free legal advice. I am currently interning with the Southern Africa Litigation Center with the view of broadening my perspectives of the law and legal systems in the region of Africa as well as internationally.

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