Law and music a perfect combination for Nkandla lawyer

2016-06-28 08:25
Advocate Sarah Pudifin-Jones. (Jeanette, News24)

Advocate Sarah Pudifin-Jones. (Jeanette, News24)

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Durban – When she is not on the legal stage, advocate Sarah Pudifin-Jones is on the concert stage.

She was involved in the Constitutional Court's Nkandla matter and, having performed with American singer Josh Groban, can add “acclaimed musician” to her accomplishments.

"I think law, music and art are the perfect combination. They both require an analytical mind and attention to detail, but also need creativity and dedication,” she told News24 in a phone interview from Durban.    

The 31-year-old began playing violin at the age of four. She studied music and law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Music 'is where my heart lies'

“It is very difficult to combine the two sometimes, but I love music and that is where my heart lies, but I also enjoy the constitutional law. That is where I would make a difference in my own country.”

If she had to choose between the two, law would have to take a step back. 

“I don’t think one can live without music, so I would choose music. I play at home for my family, at church, and for fun with my musical friends,” she said. 

Her sons, aged three and eight months, keep her grounded. 

Pudifin-Jones said she was thrilled to be part of the backing group for Groban during his South African tour in April.   

“We had one rehearsal on the Sunday afternoon and played the concert on Sunday evening. It was a brilliant experience and Josh was the most humble, kind man to work with."

Concert master

Pudifin-Jones was chosen to be concert master for the South African National Youth Orchestra.

She led that orchestra on a tour to Germany. One of their performances was at the famous Beethovenhalle in Bonn, during the Beethoven festival.

Pudifin-Jones specialises in public law, including constitutional law, administrative law, and human rights at the Durban Bar.

She was a clerk for Justice Albie Sachs in the Constitutional Court in 2008.

“I work with some of the most brilliant legal minds in the country,” she said.

In addition to her BA (Hons) LLB from UKZN (summa cum laude), Pudifin-Jones holds an LLM and an MPhil from Cambridge University. She continues to contribute to research at UKZN's School of Law through her position as an Honorary Research Fellow.

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