Key Spokespeople

Elroy Paulus

National Advocacy Manager

Elroy Paulus  is the Advocacy Manager of the Black Sash. He joined the Black Sash in October 2007. Since 1996 he was a community development practitioner for various organisations - including Fair Share UWC School of Government. He was also Research Coordinator for COSATU Parliamentary Office from 2003 - 2006.  

Elroy serves as a trustee on the Arabella Community Development Trust in the Overstrand, Western Cape and represents the Black Sash on the Board of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group. He serves on a Task Team and Committee of the National Department of Health, and the Presidency respectively.

During 2012-2013 he was seconded to the National Department of Health as National Community Outreach Team Manager - working with Ward Based Primary Health Care outreach teams as part of the Primary Health Care re-engineering initiative of the Department of Health. He holds a National Higher Diploma from CPUT in medical technology  (Chemical Pathology) which he acquired in 1995.


Alexa Lane

Alexa Lane

Regional Manager, Port Elizabeth Office

Alexa joined the Black Sash in 1990 and worked for fifteen years as a senior paralegal and volunteer programme manager, before being appointed Regional Director of the Port Elizabeth office in 2004.

Alexa’s areas of expertise include social assistance grants and administrative justice. She is a worthy commentator on who’s eligible for grants, what the criteria are and how to apply. Alexa can also advise on what the applicants rights are in terms of Promotion of Administrative Justice legislation if there are unreasonable delays or applications are refused without written reasons.



Evashnee Naidu

Regional Manager, Durban Office

Evashnee joined the Black Sash in June 2007. Her passion and commitment to Human Rights and Constitutional Values has meant that she’s worked almost exclusively in the NGO sector after completing her articles in February 2003. As a qualified attorney, she held the position of Legal Officer at the Durban Lesbian and Gay Community and Health Centre from March 2003 to May 2007. She was very influential in many of the Constitutional Court Rulings that gave rise to the recognition of rights for Lesbian and Gay people, culminating in the victory of ensuring same-sex marriage for same-sex couples.

While Evashnee has a Master’s Degree in Tax Law, her passion has always been to provide access to justice to the marginalized, with a particular focus on women’s and children’s issues.
Since joining the Black Sash she has become a Champion of Women’s Issues ensuring access to socio-economic rights like access to the Child Support Grant, Maintenance and participating in global debates around a safe and woman-controlled HIV preventative measure like Microbiocides.
Evashnee’s area of expertise includes facilitation and the interpretation and implementation of Laws dealing with Social Security (both Social Assistance and Social Insurance), Wills and Estates, Gender and HIV/AIDS and Constitutional Issues.

Thandiwe Zulu

Regional Manager, Johannesburg Office

Thandiwe Zulu worked for the Black Sash as Paralegal Caseworker between August 1997 and October 1999. She rejoined the organization in June 2007 as Regional Director for the Gauteng office. Before joining the Black Sash, Thandiwe worked as a Social Worker for Association for the Deaf under The DEAF Federation of South Africa and also held the position of Socially Excluded Project Coordinator and Facilitator at the Workers Education Project, a Labour Service Organization.

Thandiwe holds a Social Work Degree from the University of the Western Cape, a Diploma in Labour Relations (Damelin College), a Certificate in Industrial Relations (Wits Business School) and a Certificate in Business Management (UNISA- School of Management).

Thandiwe’s areas of expertise include Social Assistance and Security, Labour laws and Labour issues, as well as community work and development.