Woman, 59, qualifies as an advocate

2012-05-29 09:05

Johannesburg - A 59-year-old woman has been admitted to the Bar as an advocate in the North Gauteng High Court 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.

  • Tax - 2012-05-29 09:14

    As much as I dislike lawyers, I have to say well done.

      Janice - 2012-05-29 09:49

      Congratulations Lady!!!!!

      martin.sei - 2012-05-29 10:21

      wat a role model

  • Erno - 2012-05-29 09:17


  • ziphok1 - 2012-05-29 09:18

    What a mama. His son must be proud of her.

  • Klippies - 2012-05-29 09:19

    Wow! Well done!

  • Zakhele Mnisi - 2012-05-29 09:23

    I am inspired!!!

  • Gaby - 2012-05-29 09:32

    Congratulations. That is an inspiring achievement.

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-29 09:39

    Well done. What an inspiration you are to others!

  • Allstar - 2012-05-29 09:52

    Absolutely AWSOME!! Well Done!!

  • Mhla - 2012-05-29 10:06

    Well done mama . . its a beautiful thing to make headline about good thing like what u have done

  • Marion - 2012-05-29 10:58

    Well done Christine. I'm sure your son is as proud of you as you are of yourself.

  • molahloep - 2012-05-29 11:14

    Reminds me of my Mom, 52 she still on her Books as we speak...

  • gwavu - 2012-05-29 13:11

    Its never too late to follow your dream

  • Dolph Dee Moliko - 2012-05-29 14:30

    Nw dis is news nd good news at it unlike the painting. This story uplifts ones self courage, well done Adv. I hail u, Im also gonna start with my studies. I wanted to study Law, so I studied the Paralegal Diploma first just to see hows Law and I liked it. But I have been prograstinating, this story does give me a push. God bless

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-29 16:45

    Congratulations! My sister got a degree at 56 ( I know it's a lot less) but the accomplishment made us all so very proud and made her feel so worthwhile. It did lots for her self esteem - wonderful!!

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