Strategic litigation unit additional information
The Strategic Litigation Unit, based in Pretoria, has achieved notable successes since its inception in 2003.
The unit focuses much of its attention in ensuring just administrative action for indigent persons and communities. A considerable amount of time is also spent on unfair discrimination, refugee law and, increasingly, land reform matters.
The unit is headed by David Cote who, along with a group of dedicated attorneys and advocates, conducts most of the litigation work. The services of outside counsel are engaged when necessary.
The unit’s objective is to use the law as a positive instrument for change and to deepen the democratisation of South African society. To this end, it provides legal services free of charge to vulnerable, marginalised and indigent individuals and communities who are victims of unlawful infringements of their constitutional rights.