Siyabonga Sibisi

Telephone: +27 31 260 2055


Campus: Howard College Campus

Building & Room: Howard College Building, School of Law, Suite H, Room 26.


Siyabonga Sibisi is a lecturer in the School of Law and lectures Family Law, Succession, Specific Offences, Security & Insolvency, Corporate Law and Foundations of SA Law. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Laws (LLM) both from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus.

Having completed his articles at Legal Aid South Africa, Durban, he is admitted to practice as an Attorney. Siyabonga researches and publishes in Family Law and Customary Law. He also peer-reviews journal submissions in these areas. He is a PhD candidate in Customary Family Law.

Academic Qualifications

  • LLB (2013) (UKZN, Pietermaritzburg)
  • LLM (2017) (UKZN, Pietermaritzburg)

Professional Qualifications

  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests

  • Family Law
  • Customary Law
  • Succession
  • Company Law
  • Traditional Leadership Law

Recent publications


  • Sibisi “Breach of promise to marry under customary law” 2019 (2) Obiter 340-352.
  • Sibisi “Is the requirement of integration of the bride optional in customary marriages?” 2020 De Jure 90-103.
  • Sibisi “The juristic nature of ilobolo agreement in a modern South Africa” 2021 Obiter 57-69.
  • Sibisi “The Supreme Court of Appeal and the handing over of the bride in customary marriages” 2021 De Jure 370-386.
  • Sibisi “Re-thinking forfeiture of patrimonial benefits when a marriage ends through death” 2022 Obiter 72-87.
  • Sibisi “Forfeiture of patrimonial benefits and the dissolution of marriage through death: Monyepao v Ledwaba (SCA) (unreported) case number 1368/18 of 27 May 2020” 2022 PELJ (Accepted 2022).


  • Sibisi “Understanding Certain Provisions of the Domestic Violence Act: A practitioner’s perspective” 2016 (Nov) De Rebus 22.
  • Sibisi “Vicarious liability of the employer for employee’s frolic: More clarity on detour cases: Minister of Safety and Security v Morudu 2016 (1) SACR 68 (SCA)” 2016 (Oct) De Rebus 52.

Conference papers

  • 2021: “The implementation of the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 through traditional courts: merits and demerits”. Paper presented at the Private Law and Social Justice Conference 2021 (virtual conference organized by Nelson Mandela University).
  • 2022: “Can the requirements for a customary marriage be complied with under strict covid-19 regulations?” Southern Africa Law Teacher’s Conference, organized by University of Fort Hare, East London) – 11 to 15 July 2022.
  • 2022 (to be presented in August): “Interpreting s 9 of the Divorce Act 70 of 1979 in the context of polygamous customary marriages that end through death: Monyepao v Ledwaba (SCA) unreported case 1368/18 of 27 May 2020” Private Law and Social Justice Conference (virtual conference organized by Nelson Mandela University).