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Pila-sande Mkuzo, UFH Law Alumna and Social Justice Activist, has been awarded the prestigious Canon Collins Trust – University of London Masters of Law (LLM) Scholarship.
Pila-sande, an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa currently practicing Education Law at the Equal Education Law Centre, holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from UFH (2018).
During her time at UFH, she was awarded the Canon Collins Leigh-Day Scholarship in 2017 and the Dean of Research Exceptional Achievement Award in 2018. She is also a Bertha Justice Fellow (2019 – 2020).
As a student, she also served as the secretary of the Indlovukazi Women Empowerment Society and also served under the Eastern Cape Aids Council Women’s Sector and the Networking HIV and AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA) Provincial Advisory Committee.
Currently, she is the Chairperson of the Board for Passionate Unlimited Peers in Action (PUPA), an NPO based in the Eastern Cape.
Commenting on this well-deserved scholarship, she said: “As an activist lawyer, I see this course furthering my advocacy and the use of the law as a tool for change and state accountability. Inherent to my activism is legal and policy development that is shaped and responsive to participatory democracy.”
“My chosen course and specialisation focus on technical aspects of the law that are intrinsic to any legal practitioner who wishes to practice Public Law. On a practical level, this course puts me at the centre of the discourse of the role of states in promoting and protecting the rights of state citizens.”
Congratulations Pila-sande!