SWEAT is South Africa’s leading sex worker human rights organisation. It was registered as a non- profit organisation in 2002, providing services to sex workers since 1996.

The organisation exclusively works with adult sex workers on issues of health and human rights. Its services include providing safer sex education, crisis counselling, legal advice, and skills development for sex workers. SWEAT advocates for the protection, promotion and fulfilment of sex workers human rights through human rights defence and in advocating for law reform for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa.

SWEAT seeks the services of a candidate attorney to work in the newly established Sex Workers Legal Defence Centre based in Cape Town.

The Sex Workers Legal Defence Centre is the legal unit of SWEAT, which is duly accredited by the Law Society of South Africa.

The key responsibilities of the successful candidate involve assisting various supervising attorneys with litigation and attending to work that is generally required of a candidate attorney in a law practice. Deadline for applications is 10 July 2017.


  • An LLB (or equivalent) degree.
  • An interest in human rights law, social justice and litigation.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Able to work in a team
  • Good drafting skills.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Legal status to work in South Africa.
  • Have completed Practical Legal Training course.

Desirable/Advantageous requirements

  • Proficiency in another official South African language.

The closing date for submission of applications

To apply for the available vacancy please submit the documents listed below to Stacey-Leigh Manoek by email staceym@sweat.org.za by Monday the 10th of July 2017Please submit a covering letter motivating why you have the necessary qualifications, skills and experience for the position as well as the names and contact details of 3 referees. Also, submit a detailed CV and copies of your academic transcript/s. SWEAT reserves the right not to make an appointment, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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