59 –year-old woman qualifies as advocate

By Drum Digital
22 May 2012

A 59-year-old woman has been admitted to the Bar as an advocate in the High Court in Pretoria after studying law with her son, Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Advocate Christine Waschefort and her son Gus, 29, who has a doctorate in international law, both started studying law in 2003. She studied part-time through Unisa and he was a full-time student at the University of Pretoria.

Waschefort matriculated in Graaff-Reinet, in the Karoo, then qualified as a nurse at a state hospital in Windhoek, but said she always longed to study law.

"In those days, girls didn't study law, they took up teaching, music or domestic science," she told Beeld.

She plans to specialise in alternative labour law, in order to arbitrate in conflict resolution.

Judge Pierre Rabie, who admitted Waschefort as an advocate, urged mother and son to be appreciative of the family that had sacrificed long and hard to support their academic pursuits.

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