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Research by Masters Graduate Explores Central Issues in SA’s Constitutional Democracy

April 19, 2017

Mr Nkosinathi Mzolo.

Master of Laws graduate Mr Nkosinathi Mzolo addressed central issues in South Africa’s constitutional democracy in research for his degree.

His study was titled: “The Rule of Law, the Principle of Legality and the Test for Rationality: A Critical Analysis of South African Jurisprudence in the Light of the Separation of Powers”.

Inspired by the addresses of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at previous Law Graduation ceremonies, Mzolo saw research as the perfect avenue to respond to the question raised by the prominent speakers about what the role of law students is in South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

‘The growing observation of the crisis in our current leadership has been one of the most worrying factors. The dominance of greed and ulterior motives in decision making as I perceive it, has tainted the integrity and moral campus of our leadership; robbing us of our democracy,’ said Mzolo.

Growing up in Abebhuze in Cato Ridge, he worked as a taxi conductor and then taxi driver for a year to raise funds for his and his sister’s university registration fees.

Mzolo, now a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UKZN’s Law School, has always appreciated the value of education. This led to him getting an LLB after his Bachelor of Arts and now an LLM which he considers to be key qualifications in his aspirations of being an academic and a human rights lawyer.

‘Our role is not limited to developing, supporting and engaging with our societies towards defining and realising justice. We need to uphold and defend the values of the constitution and as such hold the society true to its values. We also need to tackle sensitive issues like land and economy in future,’ says Mzolo.

Mzolo was recently appointed to serve as a disciplinary committee member of the South African Football Association’s Umgungundlovu Regional League where he contributes to the prosecution and chairing sessions aimed at developing soccer in the area.

‘Some ground-breaking decisions we make reveal a lot about the gross abuses of our functionaries against innocent and illiterate people. Through this qualification I can say I am better positioned to make decisions especially on issues of discerning the truth in every situation,’ he said.

Thandiwe Jumo

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