Masi Ncube – Staff Attorney, Cape Town
Masi’s interest in social justice and effecting transformative change through law prompted him to join the ProBono.Org team. He started his legal journey at Stellenbosch University where he was an active member of various human rights organisations. Thereafter, he completed his articles of clerkship and was admitted as an attorney in 2020.
After being retained by his previous employer as an associate, he gained further experience in Magistrates’ Court and High Court litigation. Motivated by the needs of marginalised and vulnerable groups, Masi seeks to uphold the spirit of the Constitution through his work at ProBono.Org. Welcome Masi!
Swazi Malinga – Regional Director, Johannesburg
We are very pleased to announce that the senior staff attorney in the Johannesburg office, Swazi Malinga, has been appointed Regional Director. We now have regional directors in all three of our offices. Congratulations Swazi!
Josephine joined the Johannesburg office of ProBono.Org in March as a paralegal working with the AFSA/
Global Fund project. Born and raised in Tembisa, she completed a paralegal course at Rhodes University in 1993. From 1986 to 1993 she worked at the Kempton/Tembisa Advice Centre as a paralegal and then worked at the Legal Resources Centre until August 2019.
Her time as a paralegal at the Legal Resources Centre involved providing legal advice, facilitating and conducting workshops, compiling narrative reports and referring and following up cases. Beyond consulting with clients, she worked directly with the communities in conducting and facilitating workshops around the country.
She also collaborated with a number of community-based and faith-based organisations, among others.
Mayenziwe Khoza – Intern
Mayenziwe Khoza completed her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Legal Studies and History in 2018.
She then enrolled for an LLB degree and completed it in 2021. She completed both degrees at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Mayenziwe is interested in Black history and wants to pursue further studies in this area.
Her future career goals are to work in the social justice sphere. She has hopes of helping the community achieve social justice through her education. She currently works with several community organisations, such as Touch iFuture, Constitution Network and Durban Youth Radio on a volunteer basis, which is bringing her closer to realising her goal of achieving positive change within communities.
Ntandoyenkosi Mkize – Intern
Ntandoyenkosi Mkize graduated with an LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in 2019. She is currently registered at UKZN for the LLM (Environmental Law) programme and intends to specialise as she is committed to acting in the public interest. Her other legal interests include gender rights and legal research and writing.
During her undergraduate studies she received a merit certificate for her mini dissertation titled “The Unconstitutionality of the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act 49 of 2003”, in which she analysed and discussed the unconstitutionality of the Section 2 requirements of Act 49 of 2003 from a feminist legal perspective. She is confident that her time as a legal intern at the organisation will build her skills and foster her development on her journey to becoming an experienced and effective legal practitioner.
Welcome baby Okuhle Athandwe
Congratulations to Ongezwa, the financial administrator for the AFSA programme, who gave birth to a baby girl on 10 April. Mother and baby are both doing well. We wish the family a lifetime of joy with their little girl.