'It was hectic': Busy magistrate and daughter get their master's degrees together

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Anya-Larissa and her mom, Magistrate Vanya Botha (Stellenbosch University)
Anya-Larissa and her mom, Magistrate Vanya Botha (Stellenbosch University)
Supplied by Stellenbosch University
  • Well-known Cape Town magistrate, Vanya Botha, took the plunge and studied further on a part-time basis. 
  • This week she and her daughter graduated together. 
  • She said it was "hectic" but "wonderful".
  • GOOD NEWS DAY IS BACK! News24 celebrates the people restoring pride in our country. Read their stories here.

Well-known Cape Town magistrate, Vanya Botha, graduated as a Master of Laws (LLM) with her daughter, Anya-Larissa, at Stellenbosch University this week.  

According to the university, Botha had always wanted to tackle her LLM, but life "just happened". 

When her daughter enrolled for the same course, she told her mother that it was possible to work and study, so she leapt at the chance to study again. 

And, instead of taking the customary two to three years for students also working, the magistrate finished in a year. 

Botha is a familiar face on the Bench of the Cape Town Regional Court.  

She said: 

It was hectic, and at times, I regretted my decision, but I was fortunate to have the support of my loving family and I was able to see it through.

Her husband agreed to take over cooking for the year to help clear the deck for her every day.

She and her daughter would talk about coursework on their walks which helped her through technological changes at the university since she last graduated. 

"For the first time in my life, I had to write an online exam – and type my exam," she was quoted as saying in the university's graduation release.

READ | Western Cape High Court provides room for witnesses to calm nerves ahead of testimony

"It was wonderful to sit in the Ou Hoofgebou (Old Main Building), where I had been a starry-eyed young student more than 30 years ago, but this time with my daughter."

Anya-Larissa, who obtained her LLM degree cum laude, said: "It means a lot to me to have graduated with my mom. It has always been her dream to complete her LLM, and it feels amazing to know that I could have played a part in helping her realise her dream for a change."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Show Comments ()
Voting Booth
Many companies are asking employees to return to office full time after years of remote/hybrid settings. What are your thoughts?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
I can't wait to be back!
22% - 105 votes
No thanks, remote work is the future
19% - 92 votes
Hybrid is the best option to keep everyone happy
59% - 278 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.