Justice & Law 2018

Sagwadi Mabunda (25)

Sagwadi Mabunda (25)

PhD candidate, University of the Western Cape

Sagwadi Mabunda is a 25-year-old third year PhD candidate at UWC, currently working on the South African Cybercrimes Bill. She has a master’s in International Criminal Justice and is working hard to build a career around the prevention of cybercrime. Her goal is to...

Mokone Finger (26)

Mokone Finger (26)

Associate at Clyde & Co South Africa

Born in the small town of Qwaqwa in the Free State and raised by his two older brothers after his mother passed away, Mokone Finger graduated with a law degree from the University of the Free State with a speciality in medical law. At varsity, he was involved in...

Sasha Stevenson (34)

Sasha Stevenson (34)

Attorney and head of health, SECTION27

Sasha Stevenson is a young human rights lawyer who works under incredible pressure to help those who are vulnerable. She was deeply involved in the Life Esidimeni case for two years where she worked tirelessly to help others. While that is an impressive achievement on...

Liesl Muller (31)

Liesl Muller (31)

Attorney and head of the Statelessness Project, Lawyers for Human Rights

Liesl Muller heads the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights, one of the only projects of its kind in South Africa and the region. The project is geared towards helping people without a nationality and therefore without legal identity before the law to...

Sentebale Makara (32)

Sentebale Makara (32)

Senior associate, Dispute Resolution, Webber Wentzel

Sentebale Makara is an impressive young lawyer with a sterling reputation and career. He started his career at Webber Wentzel as a candidate attorney in 2012 and has, since then, been promoted to senior associate, advocated landmark cases that have developed South...

Nkcubeko Mbambisa (30)

Nkcubeko Mbambisa (30)

Director, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc.

At only 30 years old, Nkcubeko Mbambisa is one of the youngest black Africans to hold the position of director of the top law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. His role as director means he is concerned with the continued success and sustenance of the business as a whole:...

Thabo Ngilande (33)

Thabo Ngilande (33)

General counsel and head of legal, 3M South Africa

Thabo Ngilande is only 33 years old, but he already has numerous degrees to his name. A practising lawyer as the general counsel for a multinational science company, he has degrees in chemistry, law and environmental sciences and is currently studying his PhD in...

Khuraisha Patel (25)

Khuraisha Patel (25)

Legal researcher, Open Secrets

Khuraisha Patel is a human rights lawyer and legal researcher at the nonprofit organisation Open Secrets. Open Secrets is an NGO that uses investigation, strategic litigation and advocacy to promote private sector accountability for human rights violations. Patel...

Nozipho Dlali (33)

Nozipho Dlali (33)

Founder and managing director, Nozipho Dlali Attorneys

Raised in the small town of Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape, Nozipho Dlali set out to make a difference to the world. Today she’s a human rights advocate running her own legal practice, Nozipho Dlali Attorneys. She worked for the Consumer Protection Office in the...

Tladi Marumo (32)

Tladi Marumo (32)

Director, Marumo at Law Advisory and Good Law Foundation

Tladi Marumo has always been such a force of nature that back in grade seven his peers knew that he would one day become a lawyer committed to social change. At the age of 28 he was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship and was appointed as a lecturer at Rhodes...

Zakeera Docrat (27)

Zakeera Docrat (27)

Doctoral student in African languages, Rhodes University

Zakeera Docrat is only 27 years old yet she has a list of qualifications and academic achievements that most people only achieve much later in life. She was awarded her African language studies honours degree cum laude in 2014 and received full academic colours. This...

Anjuli Maistry (31)

Anjuli Maistry (31)

Senior attorney, Centre for Child Law

Having always been guided by a strong sense of what is fair and just from a young age, Anjuli Maistry has gone to become one of South Africa’s most valuable lawyers whose efforts are geared towards the most vulnerable members of our society and the future of our...

Bryce Wray (30)

Bryce Wray (30)

Law researcher and clerk, Constitutional Court

Bryce Wray completed his legal undergraduate studies at Wits University before working for six years at Hogan Lovells, a large commercial law firm, where he was promoted to senior associate. There, he worked in the commercial litigation team specialising in...

Deborah Mutemwa (27)

Deborah Mutemwa (27)

Director and co-founder, TumboScott

Deborah Mutemwa is the director and cofounder of an all-black, female- and youth-owned corporate and commercial legal consultancy which provides legal services to companies and individuals with a particular focus on small, medium and micro enterprises. After...

Itumeleng Mukhovha (29)

Itumeleng Mukhovha (29)

Associate, Baker & McKenzie International

Itumeleng Mukhovha is a corporate attorney in Baker & McKenzie International’s mergers and acquisitions practice group in Johannesburg. Her practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate reorganisations and restructurings and mining...

Jason Olifant (34)

Jason Olifant (34)

Senior legal counsel, MultiChoice

Jason Olifant works as senior legal counsel at MultiChoice where he oversees the drafting and negotiating of contracts across the entire business. He considers this an exciting part of his daily job, given the volatile nature of the technological sector he’s in. Among...

Dr Joel Modiri (26)

Dr Joel Modiri (26)

Lecturer, Department of Jurisprudence, University of Pretoria

At the age of just 26, Joel Malesela Modiri has obtained a PhD in law and is a lecturer in the department of jurisprudence at the University of Pretoria. He has over 15 publications in academic journals under his name. He has edited books and delivered papers...

Kayaletu Tshiki (28)

Kayaletu Tshiki (28)

Lecturer, Fort Hare University

Growing up, Kayaletu Tshiki was constantly chased away from school for not paying school fees or not having the full school uniform. While in school, he began to work as a gardener to raise enough money and help with school necessities such as stationery and uniforms....

Lauren Kohn Goldschmidt (35)

Lauren Kohn Goldschmidt (35)

Senior lecturer at UCT, co-founder and director of SALegalAdvice.com and expert legal consultant

Lauren Kohn Goldschmidt is an admitted attorney, a business owner, a creative thinker and mother of two. She founded a legal advice website and is an expert legal consultant, a PhD candidate at Leiden University and a senior lecturer in public law at UCT. Her...

Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane (26)

Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane (26)

Policy and advocacy fellow, Sonke Gender Justice

Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane just completed his master’s in law from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned his LLB from Stellenbosch University in 2013, serving as a tutor and an on-campus residence academic mentor. He made it to Stellenbosch through...