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More people to qualify for legal aid

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If the applicant lives in a household, the household had to earn less than R6 000 per month after tax

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MORE people in the Northern Cape will now qualify for legal aid after amendments were made to Legal Aid South Africa’s “means test”.

Legal Aid SA provides independent, accessible and quality legal aid services in criminal and civil legal matters. As a public entity, it receives its funding from Parliament.

Previously, Legal Aid SA assisted people who earned up to R5 500 per month after tax. If the applicant lives in a household, the household had to earn less than R6 000 per month after tax. If the applicant does not own immovable property, their movable assets could not be worth more than R100 000. Finally, an applicant who is also a member of a household and who owns immovable property as well as immovable and movable assets to the value of R500 000 could apply for legal aid.

Any questions about these changes and further information on the means test can be directed to any Legal Aid SA local or satellite office, or to the toll-free advice line on 0800 110 110.