Lelethu is an admitted attorney with wide ranging legal experience. She holds an LLM (International Trade Law) from Stellenbosch University, an LLB from the University of Fort Hare and an Introduction to Thought Leadership for Africa’s Renewals certificate from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (UNISA). She has worked in public and private legal institutions. Her engagement in public interest law spaces commenced when she worked as legal advisor where her key role was to identify cases with a strategic litigation potential for developing public law jurisprudence for the benefit of women.
She joined the LRC as an attorney in April 2019. The LRC has helped in furthering her passion and work in human rights law. She is part of the land cluster focus area, geared to achieving land justice as a means of redress. At the invitation of management, she has partaken in the development of the new LRC strategy tailored to respond to the scourge of systemic inequality through the law. Her agility and skills have equipped her to the part of an ad hoc COVID 19 legal team that is set to respond, through litigation, to human rights violations that have arisen under the COVID 19 pandemic. She hopes to be instrumental in the realization of the new LRC strategy, set to give effect to rights as enshrined in the South African Constitution.