Malusi’s career path has taken him from studying in Cape Town to California, with a stop in Johannesburg in between to practice public interest law. He has worked on several high-profile class action lawsuits including getting compensation for South African gold miners who contracted silicosis, and more recently in seeking compensation for victims of the listeriosis outbreak in 2017 and 2018. It’s the latter that has taken him to food safety law firm Marler Clark in Seattle, where he is on secondment as an associate attorney until the end of the year.
Malusi lists an array of challenges that drive him such as bridging racial economic disparities, securing land tenure for informal land right holders, ridding government of corruption and ensuring constitutionalism. He believes that creative and dedicated lawyers are critical in the reformation of South Africa’s future.
“As much as we can decry our regression as a nation in the past 10 to 12 years, we still have strong institutions, which are constitutionally sanctioned, that we can use to bring about the necessary changes for marginalised South Africans.”
And while South Africa’s Constitution and institutions remain strong, these need to be fought for and protected. Malusi believes his personal journey and upbringing, “which for a long time society had taught me was a hindrance to professional success and needed to be suppressed”, strengthened him by giving him a unique perspective.
His determination, coupled with his work experience already earned at a young age, is setting Malusi up for success.