Lawyer’s dream comes true

2015-05-01 06:00
PHOTO: khaya magenu

Lawyer Buliswa Tseku Pato promises professional and reliable service.

PHOTO: khaya magenu Lawyer Buliswa Tseku Pato promises professional and reliable service.

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MORE than 20 years ago, a 31-year-old woman never dreamt that one day she would be a lawyer, but perseverance and strength made her what she is today­.

Buliswa Tseku Pato, a Tseku Pato Attorneys director and the first female attorney in Kokstad, opened her office on 1 April.

She said her dream began years ago when her father died, leaving her unemployed mother with three children to raise on her own.

“Instead of looking for a job she decided­ to go back to school and was in the same class with my big sister, her first born, and was a joke in the area.

“That meant we were all school children and had to depend on my grandfather’s pension grant of less than R600 then, for everything.

“I wished my mom would go to work so I could have nice clothes and dolls, but I always thought to myself ‘this education thing’ must be very important because my mom can do it and doesn’t care what people say about her being at school. This made me realise the importance of education. Today she is a graduate of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with a professional job, and people are not laughing anymore.”

At the age of 16 Pato passed Grade 12 with exemption and only had one dream, and that was to become a lawyer­.

“There was no money for me to go to university and after looking at my statement of symbols I broke down and cried, but my mom said: ’Don’t worry, God will make a plan.’

“At the end of January 2001 a neighbour came to our house and said that at the Walter Sisulu University, students are accepted without a registration fee. The following morning my grandfather gave me a R100 and I went there, and the rest, as they say, is history. University life was not easy, having to survive on R100 every month.”

Pato completed her degree in 2004 and looked for a job and again, God made a plan.

“In 2005 at the age of 21 I got my first job with the Department of Land Affairs under Restitution of Land Rights Legal Unit as a legal administration officer. After five years of service I resigned because I wanted to pursue a career as an attorney.

“In 2009 I joined Legal Aid South Africa on contract of articles and in 2010 August I passed my board exam and landed a job with National Prosecuting Authority as an advanced district­ court prosecutor until 31 March and that’s when I decided it was time to spread my wings and be a lawyer.

“What I can promise the community and potential clients is a professional and reliable service,” said Pato.

She said that young people must be willing to take a chance, not be afraid to challenge the norm and be the person they want to be

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