Sharita Samuel is the Regional Director of the LRC’s Durban Regional Office. After completing her BA and LLB degrees at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Sharita joined the LRC as a fellow in 1992. She then completed her articles of clerkship in the Durban office and went on to work as an LRC attorney between 1995 and 2009. During this time, she led in the development and presentation of a number of significant human rights cases that continue to have impact today. One example is Gumede v The President of South Africa & Others [2009(3) BCLR 243(CC)] in which the unlawful discrimination of section 7 of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 120 of 1998 was successfully challenged, thereby upholding the property rights of women who enter into customary marriages. Before coming back to the LRC as Regional Director, she has added to her practice experience a significant body of work that includes arbitrating and conciliating labour disputes for institutions such as the CCMA, public sector and industry based bargaining councils and private clients.