Student lands research job under Mogoeng

2011-09-15 00:00

LAW student Nontobeko Ngubane (23), who hails from Mafakathini, has been appointed as new Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s Constitutional Court researcher.

Ngubane is in her fourth year at the University of Zululand and trumped 400 applicants for the coveted Constitutional Court post, which she will take up in January next year.

She said, “Going into the interview a few weeks back, I could tell that the challenge was high, but I was very confident in myself and my abilities. However, having Justice Mogoeng, Justice Sisi Khampepe and Justice Johan Froneman interviewing me was a bit nerve-racking, but now I am just excited. Meeting Justice Mogoeng was a very surprising experience. For such an educated man he is very humble and we had a great chat,” she said.

Ngubane’s mother died when she was 15. Leaning on her siblings for support and with her father’s financial backing, she continued to nurture her dream of becoming a lawyer.

Paying for herself through the first two years of law school, receiving study grants from the Attorneys’ Fidelity Fund and hard work have earned Ngubane a spot alongside the country’s top legal minds.

“My family is so excited and everyone back home knows about my appointment. My job will include assisting the chief justice with his research, preparing documents for the cases he will be working on and other assistance tasks.

“I am hoping that the experience will help me with my studies as I will be doing my masters soon, and from then onwards the sky is the limit,’’ said Ngubane.

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