Kholofelo Mphahlele

Legal Assistant

I am a Legal Assistant and started working at Section27 on 3 June 2019.

I assist attorneys in both the Health and Education Team. I currently focus on Braille learners, Special Schools infrastructure and part of the team working on sexual and reproductive health rights and sexual violence, amongst other duties.

Working at Section27 feels like being at the forefront in the struggle to social justice. I stick around because every day is an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to social justice and change. I am committed to ensuring that special needs learners are not forgotten. Plus there are some rally cool people at Section27 changing the world one case at a time.

I previously worked at Independent African Mediation (I.A.M) as a Legal Advisor, providing legal advice to those in need and access to justice. I also worked as a Legal Secretary for a law firm in Pretoria. I hold a Bachelor of Technology in Marketing from Tshwane University of Technology and a post graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies from The Institute of Legal Practice and Development & Research.

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