- Ashraf Cassiem, a 50-year-old community activist, was accepted to study towards a law degree at the University of Cape Town
- According to reports, Cassiem have always dreamt about becoming a lawyer
- In the year 2000, the Tafelsig resident was evicted from his home which led to him founding the Anti-Eviction Campaign
Ashraf Cassiem has been accepted to study law at the University of Cape Town, IOL reported on Wednesday.
The 50-year-old activist said he would study towards a Bachelor's degree in Social Science and Humanities. However, Briefly.co.za learned he plans on majoring in law.
"My subjects will be philanthropy, anthropology and economics. But my real interest is law, which will be my major. We need more lawyers to help people with matters such as evictions," he revealed.
Cassiem admitted he has been questioned about his decision to study at such an advanced age, but, he said it has always been his dream and the degree would empower him to help his community even more.
Almost 19-years-ago, Cassiem was evicted from his home in Mitchells Plain and he was not alone. It led to him starting the Anti-eviction campaign. Since then, Cassiem has helped communities fight evictions.
Cassiem plans to use his degree to help people who can not afford an attorney to fight evictions. However, he failed to land a bursary and has called on South Africans to help him pay for his studies.
Cassiem can be reached on 076 186 1408.
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