School of Law

Courageous Spirit Earns Graduate Law Degree

Despite challenging personal circumstances, Mr Sifiso Magubane of Mosley Park in Pinetown received his Bachelor of Laws degree.

Between his mother’s death, going through a divorce, financial strain, failing a semester and juggling the roles of being a father, a “mother”, a student and a breadwinner, Magubane almost didn’t complete his studies.

‘It was a long, hard journey, especially in my third year. I lost my mother and nephew in February, had the bank threatening to take my car and house after the divorce, and I struggled to pay my fees. It felt like my life was falling apart. I considered dropping out many times but failure was not an option,’ he said.

His biggest motivation to keep going was his two children, Magubane grew up in a poor family and getting this degree is a step closer to bettering himself and the future of his children.

‘I have been teaching for the past 15 years. My studies have changed the way I teach and I am more aware of my learner’s rights. I love teaching and would like to lecture Law one day.

‘My studies have enabled me to better interpret educational legislation and policies. I would like to be part of efforts to promote equality in education, as much remains to be done in this respect. As a deputy principal, I am also now able to advise my colleagues on certain legal issues,’ he said.

He thanked God and his family for their constant support.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga
Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan