Human rights champion

2008-08-15 00:00

KARTHY Govender’s primary school headmaster didn’t have high hopes for his pupil. In an unscheduled visit to the boy’s geography class during which he was handed the best pupil’s exercise book by the class teacher, the headmaster cast about for a choice of his own … and settled upon Govender.

Already qualified as a barrister of the Middle Temple through the University of London, Govender had been keen to work in the newly democratic Zimbabwe. “I was 22 at the time and was sure I would be a judge by the age of 30. But Zimbabwe didn’t work out, and I battled to find a job in South Africa.”

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