School of Law

Dr Lerato Rudolph Ngwenyama

Telephone: 031 260 2126

Email: NgwenyamaL@ukzn.ac.za

Campus: Howard College

Building & Room: Howard College Building – Suite A, Room 104

Bio:

Lerato Rudolph Ngwenyama is a Lecturer in the Department of Business Law and lectures Aspects of Law (Property), Foundations of South African Law (Property) and Security & Insolvency (Insolvency). Ngwenyama holds the degrees Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Venda, Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial Law by coursework from the University of Johannesburg and a Doctor of Laws (LLD) in Public Law from Stellenbosch University. The title of his doctoral dissertation was “A Common Standard of Habitability? A Comparison between Tenants, Usufructuaries and Occupiers in South African Law”. Ngwenyama was supervised by Prof Zsa-Zsa Boggenpoel, holder of the South African Research Chair in Property Law (SARCPL) at Stellenbosch University. During the third and final year of his LLB studies (2013-2014), Ngwenyama was appointed as an academic assistant and tutor in the Department of Mercantile Law at the University of Venda School of Law. In 2017, Ngwenyama was appointed as a candidate attorney at Mpho Mashiloane Attorneys. While writing his LLD dissertation (2018-2020), Ngwenyama was a research assistant at the SARCPL under Prof Zsa-Zsa Boggenpoel at Stellenbosch University. After completing his doctorate in 2020, he spent six months as a post-doctoral research fellow of the SARCPL and served as a consultant at the Stellenbosch University Law Clinic (2021). In July 2021, he joined the Department of Business Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a Lecturer.

Academic Qualifications:

  • LLB (UNIVEN)
  • LLM (Commercial law) (UJ)
  • LLD (Public law) (SU)

Professional Qualification:

  • Advocate of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests:

  • Property law
  • Constitutional property law
  • Social justice
  • Socio-economic rights, in particular, the right of access to adequate housing and the right to security of tenure
  • Aspects of commercial law

Recent Publications

Dissertations

  • LR Ngwenyama A Common Standard of Habitability? A Comparison between Tenants, Usufructuaries and Occupiers in South African Law unpublished LLD dissertation (2020) Stellenbosch University
  • LR Ngwenyama The Impact of Section 34 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 on Banking Law unpublished LLM dissertation (2016) University of Johannesburg

Chapters in Books

  • LR Ngwenyama “The position of residential tenants who are unable to pay rent or utility bills during the Covid-19 pandemic” in ZT Boggenpoel, E van der Sijde, MT Tlale & S Mahomedy (eds) Property responses to a global pandemic (forthcoming 2021) Juta
  • LR Ngwenyama “Usufruct and Habitability: Perspectives from South Africa” (forthcoming 2021) Union University Law School Review

Journal Articles

  • LR Ngwenyama & FR van Dyk “Sound substantive law application yet dubious adjectival process in Komape v Minister of Basic Education 2020 (2) SA 347 (SCA) (forthcoming 2021) Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg/Journal of South African Law
  • LR Ngwenyama & ZT Boggenpoel “Towards a common standard of habitability for dwellings occupied by tenants and occupiers in South African law” (forthcoming 2021) South African Law Journal
  • LR Ngwenyama “The relocation of occupiers under ESTA and the provision of suitable alternative accommodation” (forthcoming 2021) Stellenbosch Law Review

Conference papers

  • L Ngwenyama “Habitability for dwellings of usufructuaries in South African law” (Paper delivered at the 12th annual Private Law and Social Justice Conference 2021, hosted by the Nelson Mandela University, 16-17 August 2021)
  • LR Ngwenyama “Habitability in the context of occupiers in South Africa” (Paper delivered at the Young Property Lawyers’ Forum annual virtual conference, hosted by the University of Groningen, 16 June 2021)
  • LR Ngwenyama “Towards a Common (or Minimum) Standard of Habitability for Dwellings of Tenants, Usufructuaries and Occupiers in South African Law?” (Paper delivered at the 11th annual virtual conference for the Association of Law, Property, and Society, hosted by the Tulane University Law School, 28-29 May 2021)
  • LR Ngwenyama “Attending Customary Initiation School in South Africa during the COVID-19 Pandemic Era” (Paper delivered at the annual African Customary Law Conference, hosted by the University of Professional Studies Law School and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, 28-29 January 2021)
  • LR Ngwenyama “Usufruct and Habitability: Perspectives from South Africa” (Paper delivered at the annual Property Law Conference – Challenges of the 21st Century, hosted by the University of Union University School of Law, Belgrade in partnership with Internationale Juristenvereinigung Osnabrück, 9 October 2020)
  • L Ngwenyama “The Changing Law: Habitability in the Context of Tenants” (Paper delivered at the annual South African Property Law Teachers’ Colloquium, hosted by the University of the Western Cape, 7-8 November 2019)
  • LR Ngwenyama “A Common Standard of Habitability? A Comparison between Tenants, Usufructuaries and Occupiers in South African Law” (Paper delivered at the Young Property Lawyers’ Forum annual conference, hosted by the University of Glasgow, 5-7 June 2019)
  • LR Ngwenyama “A Common Standard of Habitability? A Comparison between Tenants, Usufructuaries and Occupiers in South African Law” (Paper delivered at the annual Turfloop Law Conference, hosted by the University of Limpopo, 15-17 May 2019)
  • LR Ngwenyama “A Common Standard of Habitability? A Comparison between Tenants, Usufructuaries and Occupiers in South African Law” (Paper delivered at the annual South African Property Law Teachers’ Colloquium, hosted by the University of Pretoria, 1-2 November 2018)
  • L Ngwenyama “A Common Standard of Habitability? A Comparison between Tenants, Usufructuaries and Occupiers in South African Law” (Paper delivered at a workshop on Home/City/World: Hosing, Inclusion and Sustainability in the 21st Century, hosted by the Free State Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State (South Africa), Kent Law School, University of Kent (United Kingdom), and the Faculty of Law, Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), 22-24 October 2018)

Networks

  • South African Research Chair in Property Law alumnus
  • Member of the Young Property Lawyers’ Forum (YPLF)
  • Member of the Association for Law, Property and Society (ALPS)