Cases that Matter

We specialise in high-impact, precedent-setting cases that protect our constitutional rights, our people and the environment.

Winning the Maccsand case in the Cape High Court, in the Supreme Court of Appeal and in the Constitutional Court set a precedent that enables municipalities to protect communities from mining in residential and other areas not zoned for mining.

We are litigating on behalf of the City of Cape Town to stop the N1 and N2 into Cape Town being turned into toll roads without the people being told what the costs, toll fees or socio-economic impacts will be.

We are litigating on behalf of amaMpondo communities along the Wild Coast to prevent a toll road that will divide their communities and degrade unique ecosystems of global importance from being constructed through their ancestral lands without their consent.

We acted on behalf of local residents in successful litigation to stop the inappropriate coastal land development adjacent to the high water mark in Plettenberg Bay.

We successfully represented the Gordon’s Bay Ratepayers Association in litigation that stopped an inappropriate development high on the mountainside above Gordon’s Bay.

When the Constitutional right of municipalities to protect the environment by using by-laws and zoning schemes was challenged in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, we represented the City of Cape Town which successfully intervened as a friend of the court to uphold that right.

In the Jeffrey’s Bay/ Cape St Francis area we are assisting the Thyspunt Alliance to prevent a nuclear power station being constructed on unstable dune fields of great archaeological value.

In Milnerton, Cape Town we successfully defeated an attempt to set aside the development rights of our client to develop a major residential area (Burgundy Estate) and are now litigating to prevent an oil storage facility from threatening the safety of people in neighbouring residential areas.

Using constitutional rights of access to information we won Biowatch access to secret information about how approvals for genetically modified organisms were being granted. (This was the first round of the precedent-setting Biowatch Constitutional Court judgment that protects those who challenge un-constitutional action by public bodies from having legal costs awarded against them).

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