General: Evictions victims to get Legal Aid access –Minister

Justice & Correctional Affairs Minister Ronald Lamola has said that victims of evictions will soon have access to Legal Aid services in a bid by the state to provide greater access to justice for all. A Cape Argus report says Lamola was delivering the keynote address at a constitutional rights conference in Cape Town to mark 25 years since SA’s Constitution came into effect. ‘We will soon be expanding the mandate of Legal Aid SA to also offer legal services for land justice to the victims of evictions in the various parts of our country and to protect the most vulnerable within our society. This will happen from this financial year,’ Lamola said. Meanwhile, former Constitutional Court Justice Johann Kriegler told the conference that 25 years was an appropriate stage to take stock of how the country had lived with it. Women’s Legal Centre director Seehaam Samaai said the Constitution was a transformative framework for the achievement of socio-economic rights and the eradication of poverty and inequality. Conference program facilitator Judge Daniel Thulare said the most important task for political leaders was to equip themselves to be functionally literate on the Constitution, because this would help them deal with the issues that affect society.

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