Young female attorney soars

2020-03-12 06:00
Zintle Baleni was admitted as an attorney, conveyancer and notary public at the Western Cape High Court.

Zintle Baleni was admitted as an attorney, conveyancer and notary public at the Western Cape High Court.

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A young woman from Gugulethu is blazing a trail in the legal field.

Zintle Baleni (23) was the youngest woman to be admitted as an attorney, conveyancer and notary public at the Western Cape High Court on Friday 6 March.

Baleni matriculated from Zonnebloem Nest Senior School in 2013 and furthered her studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

She graduated after completing her law degree in 2018.

“I was five years old when I decided to become a lawyer because when I was growing up I talked too much and my grandmother would always say to me I would become a lawyer one day because I lied too much,” she said.

She said out of 115 attorneys from the province that were admitted she was the youngest.

Baleni said graduating is something she always wanted to achieve not just for herself, but for her family as well.

“No one has ever graduated from university in my family. I wanted to be the first one to do so,” she said.

Baleni said it was good to see her family going to court to rejoice because they usually go to court when a family member has been arrested.

She said she is lucky to be employed as a female black lawyer because a lot of law firms require one to be fluent in English and Afrikaans.

She also said there is not much trust in female lawyers.

“Being admitted at the High Court today has opened a lot of opportunities for me because I have broken a lot of boundaries,” she said.

Baleni said young girls from the township must not give up because they can be whatever they want to be, and their background does not have to determine their future.

Her mother Nobuhle Baleni said she is over the moon about her daughter’s achievement. “When she was growing up she always said she will make me proud one day, and I’m proud of her today,” she said.

She added that she is really happy for her daughter.

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