The vision of Cause for Justice is the establishment and preservation of a South African society in which justice is dispensed to all through the protection and promotion of the constitutional rights and freedoms of each member of society.

In order to achieve its vision, CFJ proactively seeks to identify and take on causes (predominantly social, political, economic and/or legal in nature) in keeping with the organisation’s five core values. The five core values have been identified as key drivers in society, resulting in societal flourishing both at the individual as well as the macro level.

HUMAN DIGNITY/ WORTH

RESPONSIBLE FREEDOM

ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE

FAMILY

SOCIAL JUSTICE

LAW + POLICY MAKING

Participating in law and policy making processes in Parliament and Government structures.

PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

Media campaigns that raise awareness and encourage action on public interest issues.

COURT CASES

Acting in court to promote laws that yield just outcomes.

CAUSE FOR JUSTICE: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairperson (Non-Executive)

WYNAND VILJOEN

Wynand Viljoen is one of the founders of CFJ and a practising attorney as partner of Smit & Viljoen Attorneys. Before starting up CFJ, Wynand worked at the Stellenbosch University Legal Aid Clinic and as attorney at a medium-sized law firm in Stellenbosch.

BA (Law), LLB, University of Stellenbosch.

Executive Director

RYAN SMIT

Ryan Smit is an attorney. He co- founded CFJ in 2013 and initially acted as part-time general manager, before taking full-time executive responsibility of CFJ in 2017. Since qualifying as attorney, Ryan spent 6 years working in corporate tax consulting and co-founded a law firm based in Stellenbosch. He is currently studying towards a Ph.D.

BCom (Law), LLB, MCom (Taxation), University of Stellenbosch

Director (Non-Executive)

CRAIG SNYDERS

Craig Snyders manages his own law firm in Somerset West and co-founded Cause for Justice in 2013. Craig practises as an attorney and conveyancer and specialises in commercial litigation. He obtained his LLM in Mercantile Law (Labour Law) in 2008.

LLB, LLM, University of Stellenbosch.

Non-Executive: Finance

JOHN-PAUL DICKS

John-Paul has over 15 years financial services experience, which has included involvement in capital markets in South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, advising on M&A transactions, valuations, listings, BBBEE transactions, various corporate finance transactions and capital raisings. He is currently a director of ZAQ Capital, a boutique corporate finance firm and a co-founder and CFO of Nande Capital, an advisory firm which specialises in providing investors solutions in alternative asset classes. Prior to this, he was employed at PSG Capital for 7 years and at PwC for over 5 years.

Chartered Accountant (South Africa), BAcc (Honours), Postgraduate certificate in auditing, JSE Approved Executive, CFA Level 3 Candidate.

Non-Executive: Compliance

SORITA BOTHA

Sorita Botha currently heads up the Compliance Department at Distell. She has also served as Group Company Secretary for Distell for interim periods during 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining Distell, Sorita was a legal officer for the TMF Group in Amsterdam. Prior to the Netherlands, she practised as an attorney in the mergers and acquisitions department of Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg.

BCom (Law), LLB, University of Stellenbosch.

Director (Non-Executive)

DIETER VON FINTEL

Dr Dieter von Fintel is a founding member of the organisation. He is a research economist who focuses on the effects of socio-economic policy in South Africa and other developing countries. He obtained his PhD in Labour Economics in 2014.

BCom, HCom (Cum Laude), MCom (Cum Laude), PhD, University of Stellenbosch.

CAUSE FOR JUSTICE

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