SA student wins award for most outstanding thesis in Southern Africa

SA student wins award for most outstanding thesis in Southern Africa

- Zakeera Docrat is a PhD candidate at Rhodes University

- Her MA thesis was selected as the best in Southern Africa in the area of African languages

- South African tweeps commended her for the achievement

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A South African PhD student has won an award for the most outstanding MA thesis in Southern Africa in the area of African languages.

Rhodes University, where Zakeera Docrat is currently pursuing her doctorate degree, made the announcement on Twitter, learned.

The African Languages Association of Southern Africa handed Zakeera the prestigious award last week.

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In a tweet, 27-year-old Zakeera explained that her thesis focuses on the role of African languages in the South African legal system.

This isn't the first time Zakeera has been honoured for her brilliance. Mail&Guardian recently named her among its 200 Young South Africans list in the justice and law category.

In an interview with Mail&Guardian, the Eastern Cape born Zakeera revealed that she speaks isiXhosa fluently:

There is a passion and excitement that ignites inside of me when I speak isiXhosa. It’s an incredible feeling and privilege to be able to communicate in an African language.

She is passionate about the need to use African languages during court proceedings in order to level the playing field.

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