Funds were issued through the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Fund for Free Expression headed at the time by Aryeh Neier (now Emeritus President of OSF) which supported work that challenged the oppressive apartheid era pass laws that precluded black people from entering areas classified as ‘white only’, in South Africa.

Support to the Black Sash continued after the end of apartheid through the local foundation. Most recently, our long-standing support to the Black Sash has helped direct public and legal attention towards the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) crisis, and the rights of at least 17 million poor people who depend on monthly social grants in South Africa.