FXI Law Clinic Cases

The FXI has contributed to the body of knowledge on freedom of expression in South Africa through cases undertaken by the FXI Law Clinic. The FXI Law Clinic has intervened in over 200 freedom of expression related matters since its inception. 

Brief history of the FXI Law Clinic

The Media Defence Trust was established in 1989 in response to the wave of state action against the media, such as the closure of newspapers and detention of journalists. In its six years of establishment the Media Defence Trust was the sole supporter and defender of independent media and journalists. The Media Defence Trust was incorporated into the FXI in 1994, at the request of its administrators, and became the Defence Fund of the FXI. The Defence Fund was re-launched as the Freedom of Expression Defence Fund in 1997 to reflect the broadening of its role to include all cases involving freedom of expression and access to information. The Freedom of Expression Institute Law Clinic was established in 2005 and is accredited by the Law Society of South Africa.


Andile Nomabhunga (The Informer) and Nontsikelelo Matubatuba
This matter involves a defamation. The FXI was approached by the defendant (Andile Nomabhunga) in this matter. The Applicant claims that the defendant had defamed her in an article published in the local newspaper called the Informer.
The matter was heard before the Press Tribunal, a judgement was handed down and the defendant was compliant with the judgement. However the Applicant pursuit with a civil claim against the Defendant.
The defendant received legal counsel from Shepstone and Wylie.

FXI Objective: Anti-Censorship
January 27 2017 By Freedom Of Expression Institute
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