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.

  • LLB (2013) (UKZN, Pietermaritzburg)
  • LLM (2017) (UKZN, Pietermaritzburg)
  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Family Law
  • Customary Law
  • Company Law
  • Traditional Leadership Law
  • 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 (to be published)
  • 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 presented
  • “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).