Welcome to New Staff – LRC2019


Lelethu Mgedezi: Lelethu is an attorney who holds an LLM in International Trade Law from Stellenbosch University, an LLB from the University of Fort Hare and an Introduction to Thought Leadership for Africa’s Renewals certificate from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (UNISA). As a student, she formed a sorority aimed at empowering female students mainly with strategies of advancing their livelihood. She has served her articles in public and private institutions. She worked for the Legal Aid South Africa where she mainly offered free legal services to clients in criminal and civil matters. She then ceded her articles to Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys where she was mainly involved in civil litigation. She also has vast experience in legal insurance where she assisted policy holders with legal advice, informal mediation and policy claims. Her engagement in civil society commenced at the Women’s Legal Centre where her key roles were to offer free legal advice to women and  to identify potential class action cases for developing public law jurisprudence for the benefit of women.

She is passionate about the development of the livelihood of vulnerable groups and the previously disadvantaged, using the law. She has joined the LRC as an attorney to work in the Constitutional Litigation Unit.’

David Mtshali:

Current LLM (Child Law) candidate at the University of Pretoria
LLB Degree obtained (2015) at the North West University
Edwin Makwati: Edwin holds an LL.B and an LL.M in International Law from the University of Johannesburg. He is currently studying for PhD in International Law with the University of the Witwatersrand. He has previously worked at the South African Human Rights Commission as a research intern. Edwin’s research interests include human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law.
Philani Madletyana: Philani has For the past six years, been working as a Project Officer at the Foundation for Human Rights, a grant making institution supporting civil society organisations in South Africa, and the region – Philani has experience in conducting research on various socio-economic rights issues, contributing to the drafting of policy papers and has organised many policy dialogues which included participants from civil society, government and Chapter 9 institutions.He is a hard-worker and a result-driven person who is passionate about human rights work
Lauren Nel: I am an admitted attorney who comes from a background of commercial litigation, company law and labour law. I have obtained my BA Law degree, LLB Law degree, a Masters degree in International Law and post graduate diploma in labour law. My main reason for studying law was to equip myself with the necessary tools to seek justice and protect vulnerable individuals whose  voice is not heard. I hope that through education and information, environmental law can be highlighted in all aspects of the law with an awareness created that our wealth lies in the environment that is protected and enjoyed and not in short term commercial gain. – Lauren was formerly an Environmental Researcher in the JHB Regional Office.