Take a Stand

​​The death of George Floyd highlights great injustice and continued lack of equality in the world. This incident reminds one of the recent deaths we have seen here in South Africa at the hands of enforcement agencies during the lockdown. These terrible incidents are the result of deep systemic failures, often involving racism. As a law firm, we condemn all forms of discrimination, racism and any abuse of public power in the strongest possible terms.

​​Violence and discrimination undermines the freedom, dignity and equality of all people upheld by our Constitution. We convey our condolences to the families that have lost loved ones and our sympathy to all those affected by violence and discrimination. As we have done before, we recommit ourselves to upholding the Constitution and protecting the fundamental human rights of every person living in South Africa and those abroad, and to speak out when we see any form of injustice.

​​Silence is not an option. It is our collective responsibility to take a stand.

​​Christo Els, Webber Wentzel Senior Partner

In support of #BlackLivesMatter.

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As part of our social impact work, we make financial donations to several organisations including: The Centre for Community Justice and Development, Lawyers Against Abuse and Section 27. Our dedicated pro bono team also provides free legal services to poor and/or vulnerable members of the public particularly related to matters around the enforcement, advancement and protection of rights contained in the Bill of Rights and the Rule of Law. In our most recent financial year, our firm spent 21,014 hours on pro bono related matters.