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CER welcomes the admission of our newest attorney, Ayesha Motala

12 August 2015 at 8:30 am

On Friday, 7 August 2015, the Centre for Environmental Rights celebrated the first admission, as an attorney, of a candidate attorney who has completed articles of clerkship with us.

Four of the CER's candidate attorneys: Thobeka Gumede, Nathan Philander, Matome Kapa and Ayesha Motala (absent: Teboho Sebogodi, who is on secondment to Legal Aid South Africa)

Four of the CER’s candidate attorneys: Thobeka Gumede, Nathan Philander, Matome Kapa and Ayesha Motala. (Absent: Teboho Sebogodi)

Ayesha Motala on her admission day

Ayesha Motala at the Cape High Court after her admission as attorney.

Ayesha Motala, who relocated from Durban to join the CER in 2014, was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa on Friday in a brief ceremony before the Deputy Judge President.

Ayesha graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with an LLM in Environmental Law, and completed practical legal training at the School for Legal Practice. During her articles she was under the supervision of CER Executive Director Melissa Fourie and Mining Programme Head Catherine Horsfield.

From August 2015, Ayesha will practise as attorney in our Mining Programme.

The CER’s candidate attorney training programme is a key component of our transformation strategy. We implement a rigorous internal training and mentoring programme for our CAs, and support a range of external training opportunities for them.

Our current CAs are Thobeka Gumede, Nathan Philander, Matome Kapa and Teboho Sebogodi. Matome recently completed a 6 month secondment with Legal Aid South Africa (LSSA). In April 2015, Teboho started his secondment with LSSA.

We welcome Ayesha to the legal profession, and to the growing cadre of public interest environmental lawyers in South Africa.