Welcome to our new staff and interns

Lethiwe Ngubane – Durban Staff Attorney

Lethiwe Ngubane completed her LLB degree in 2019 at The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. She thereafter served her articles at the UKZN Law Clinic and was admitted as an attorney in 2023. Lethiwe is passionate about protecting the legal rights of women and children and is excited to have joined the ProBono.Org team.

Leighten Mapogoshe – Johannesburg intern

In 2023, Leighten Mapogoshe received an LLB degree from the University of South Africa.

He is currently a student in a full dissertation programme for an LLM in Mercantile Law. He received a merit scholarship for his postgraduate studies in 2023 from the National Science and Technology Forum. He finished the Street Law Programme with the UNISA Law Clinic, the Filing Clerk Project with the Johannesburg Association of Attorneys, and the Vocational Programme with Jasper Van Der Westhuizen and Bodestein Attorneys. The Annual African Emerging and Established Researcher Training Academy, in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, awarded him a research certificate in 2023 for successfully completing the programme.

Siviwe Stephen Dube – Cape Town intern

Siviwe was born in Port Elizabeth and raised at his maternal grandparents’ ancestral home in rural King Williams Town. He matriculated in 2018 from Khwezi Lomso Comprehensive School. He moved to the Western Cape to commence his studies at the University of the Western Cape in 2019. Siviwe graduated with his LLB degree in 2024. Boasting an incredible astuteness in legal studies, he claimed First Position in the African Democratic Essay Award of 2023 for his essay on Multiculturalism. Following the completion of his studies, he has penned several legal papers and volunteered at the Probono.Org Cape Town office from February 2024.

A happy outcome!

We recently assisted a client who had been without an ID or assistance by the DHA since 2004. He was robbed of his ID, amongst other possessions, in 2004 and had not been able to receive any assistance from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). Due to a cruel acid attack that left him hospitalised for months, he lost his memory of certain facts like his ID number, but fortunately he remembered his date of birth.

ProBono.Org managed to trace his school records that mentioned his ID number and gave the client a letter addressed to the DHA with a copy emailed to the acting deputy director-general of the DHA. The jubilant client has reported that he may collect his ID card after two weeks.

 Call to action: 30 Attorneys, 30 Matters, for 30 Years of Democracy

This campaign continues. ProBono. Org would like to remind legal practitioners to sign up on our panel. 30 Attorneys, 30 Matters for 30 Years of Democracy seeks to encourage legal practitioners to perform their pro bono work in their respective practices to celebrate the milestone of our constitutional democracy. There is a sign-up form on the home page of our website. See www.probono.org.za

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