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NMMU law students take on hate speech in the Moot Court competition

Moot Court 2014

IN THE PHOTO: Herbert van der Merwe and Ndili Msoki representing the two respondents, the SA Human Rights Commission and OUT SA (a non-profit organisation, which promotes the well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in South Africa and is a member of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), and Kathleen Mpofu and Canaan Suka for the applicant.

Hate speech was given a knock at the annual Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Moot Court final.

The winning team of Herbert van der Merwe and Ndili Msoki representing the two respondents, the SA Human Rights Commission and OUT SA (a non-profit organisation, which promotes the well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in South Africa and is a member of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), won a tight battle against Kathleen Mpofu and Canaan Suka for the applicant, Jon Qwelane.

“All the oralists faced very difficult questions from the bench. These were ably and well answered, demonstrating ability on the part of our law students to think on their feet and apply themselves to the issues at hand,” says Moot Court competition organiser Ms Joanna Botha.

On the bench were Judge Hennie Liebenberg, Acting Judge Wabo Msizi, advocates Bruce Dyke and Mechelle Beneke and the Dean of the Faculty, Prof Vivienne Lawack.

“The standard shown demonstrates that NMMU law graduates have a bright and promising future as the legal practitioners of the future,” says Botha.

Kathleen and the other three finalists are now eligible for selection for the NMMU Moot teams for the All Africa and Phillip Jessup International Law Moot Competitions.

The facts were based on the case that followed John Qwelane’s article in the Sunday Sun titled “Call me names, but gay is NOT okay.”

The Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Blade Nzimande (centre) was the keynote speaker at the launch of the Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET) at NMMU recently.


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