Mbeki appoints two advocates as KZN judges

2007-11-19 00:00

Van Zyl said a career in law inevitably involves an awareness of injustices, inequalities and the need for social upliftment.

“Since 1994 there has been a particular need to redress past imbalances and to promote transformation.”

Sishi, who practises in Durban, became an advocate in 1992. He was a member of the ANC border constitutional committee, the National Association for the Democratic Lawyers and the KZN Advocates for Transformation.

He began his legal career as public prosecutor and magistrate in the Eastern Cape from 1985 and lectured at Fort Hare University for a number of years. He was vice dean of the law faculty between 1991 and 1992.

Sishi served as a commissioner on the Jali Commission to investigate corruption in South Africa's prisons from 2002 to 2005.

He is married to Mandisa (Mandy) and has five children - twin daughters, Vuyo and Vuyokazi (25), and three boys, Vuyolwethu (23), Themba (16) and Thulani (15).

In his free time, Sishi enjoys playing table tennis and snooker.

Van Zyl's wife, Margaret, is a teacher and she is the KZN chair of the SA Women in Dialogue. The couple have two children, a daughter, Monique (30) and son, Etienne (29).

When relaxing from the hurly burly of law Van Zyl enjoys fly-fishing and boating. He also enjoys travel.

Van Zyl was born in Durban on February 20, 1948, matriculated from Voortrekker High School in 1965 and studied law at the University of Natal.

He was admitted as an attorney in 1975 and became an advocate in July 1980.

He has served as vice chair and chair of the Society of Advocates, and served as chair of the KZN Professional Committee for Legal Aid.


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