Meet Wits' CALS director, who spent 13 years helping apartheid victims

Meet Wits' CALS director, who spent 13 years helping apartheid victims

On Monday, Wits University announced it appointed a new director of the Centre of Applied Legal Studies (CALS). The role would be filled from June by Dr Tshepo Madlingozi, who the faculty described as "a prominent academic, critical thinker and activist".

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Briefly.co.za took a closer look at Dr Madlingozi and found that he has represented over 85 000 victims and survivors, whose human rights were violated in the apartheid-era, over the past 13 years.

Apart from his astounding activist record, the new CALS director is quite the academic. According to the University's website, Dr Madlingozi holds two Master's degrees in law and sociology and a PhD, which he obtained from the University of London.

He also served on several boards of companies and organisations that focused on human rights and social justice. Dr Madlingozi worked for the University of Pretoria for 16 years before taking the job at Wits.

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Taking to Twitter, the Centre of Applied Legal Studies announced its appointment of Dr Madlingozi, announcing they were excited to have him join the team.

"Meet our new director, Dr Tshepo Madlingozi! Along with Wits University and the School of Law, we are very excited to announce Dr Madlingozi will be joining us from June this year," the centre's post read.

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Meet Wits' CALS Director, who spent 13 years helping apartheid victims

Meet Wits' CALS Director, who spent 13 years helping apartheid victims. Photo credits: Right - CALS/Twitter and left - Tshepo Madlingozi/Twitter.
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Dr Madlingozi also took to social media to talk about his appointment. The new CALS director said he was "honoured to lead this wonderful organisation", and added he was excited to work towards the advance of social justice, human rights and democracy.

South Africans were all for Dr Madlingozi's appointment and they congratulated him online.

Jeandré Goliath, who goes by the Twitter handle‏ @Jeandre_Goliath, wrote: "Congratulations. Indeed we are led."
Another tweep, @kntsimane85, added: "Congratulations abuti Tshepo. I know without a doubt that that institution is more than blessed to have an honest and truthful man at its helm. To be honest and truthful in all endeavours is an experience, not a regret'~ Fela Kuti"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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