The greatest threat to justice is inequality. The forces pushing the inequality barometer are changing. We’re rising to the changes, and we’re changing the way we rise.

The Legal Resources Centre was established in 1979 to use the law as an instrument of justice, challenging the legal structures of apartheid. Apartheid is abolished in South Africa but is replaced with structures and forces that aggravate inequality gaps and frustrate the realization of human rights for all.

Obscene gaps between the education and security of tenure of the rich and poor remain, deepening the lines of discrimination and inequality.

We believe that righting the wrongs and tackling the inequalities demands transparency, unbridled will, and commitment to social and economic justice. To respond to our prevailing realities and to carve a transformative presence, we have concluded a strategic planning process to deliver measurable change.

We’re changing the way we work and shifting resources to focus our energies on dismantling two identifiable fundamental bastions of inequality.

With a targeted process we will make it possible for more people in South Africa to know and experience their land and education rights – both in their lifetime and inter-generationally. Our strategic focus on land and education arises from a review of the persistent inequalities that underlie the structural and intergenerational economic and social injustice in the country.

Together with our partners and supporters, we’ll apply more pressure domestically and internationally for visible results, placing substantive transformative change at the heart of our efforts.

Our legacy of fighting for freedom, social justice, and equality in South Africa will propel us, and help us reignite a truly transformative organization.

At the LRC, over the past 40 years in South Africa, we have, inter alia, played a significant role in dismantling apartheid, abolishing the death penalty and corporal punishment, advancing and protecting the constitutional rights of women, girls, and people with disabilities, and made important breakthroughs in healthcare and environmental justice, as well as established significant precedents in land and education rights.

Together with our supporters, we will continue to honor our legacy.

“The founding of…the LRC in 1979, by Arthur Chaskalson and Felicia Kentridge…represented the triumph of an idea – the belief that lawyers had an especial role and a particular responsibility in the face of gross injustice.”

– Justice Cameron | Justice at the Constitutional Court

The Legal Resources Centre is established.

Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years.

South Africa has its first democratic elections.

The death penalty is abolished in South Africa.

The final Constitution of South Africa is enacted.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission begin its hearings.

The LRC wins its first class action on behalf of people living with disabilities.

The Constitutional Court rules the customary practice of male inheritance unconstitutional.

The government is ordered to supply antiretrovirals to combat mother-to-child HIV transmissions.