School of Law

Siyabonga Sibisi

Telephone: 031 260 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, Specific Offences (PMB Campus), Security & Insolvency and Corporate Law (2021). He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Laws (LLM) both from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus.

Siyabonga’s academic career started in 2014 when he took up an ad hoc lecturing post in Pietermaritzburg Campus lecturing Aspects of South African Law. Following his articles at Legal Aid South Africa, Durban (2014 – 2016), Siyabonga took another ad hoc lecturing post lecturing Special Topics in Business Law at Westville Campus in 2017. In July of 2017, while working on his LLM, Siyabonga took up a lecturing post as Associate Lecturer at the George Campus of Nelson Mandela University, lecturing Commercial Law and Company Law modules to B.Com students. In January 2019, Siyabonga was promoted to Lecturer at Nelson Mandela University. However, he did not accept that post, instead returned to KZN and took up a post as a lecturer at UKZN, Howard College 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 is often asked to peer-review journal submissions in these areas – an exhausting, time consuming but rewarding task. He is a PhD candidate in Customary Family Law.

Academic qualifications:

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

Professional qualification:

  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests:

  • Family Law
  • Customary Law
  • 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 “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.