Law Graduates Motivated to Strive for Success
The Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the Honourable Mr Justice Kenneth Mthiyane encouraged young people to use their newly acquired knowledge as a tool to fight the challenges arising from unemployment, lack of skills, service delivery issues, poverty and inequality facing the country during his address to School of Law graduates at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Mthiyane who worked alongside struggle icons Victoria and Griffiths Mxenge in contributing to South Africa’s legal history delivered a talk titled: Success: making choices and setting goals to give graduates a an overview of the challenges that lie ahead for them in the legal profession and advice on how they can apply their newly found skills to overcome them.
‘The fact that you have made this wonderful achievement can only mean that you made the right choice and set yourself certain goals to achieve that objective. Congratulations to you for “toughing it out” and to your parents for helping you along the way and seeing you through,’ said Mthiyane.
‘As you enter your respective chosen professions it is now up to you to show the community what you can offer. The University has given you the tools of trade. It is now for you to take matters in your hands and make a final push to realise you dreams. The expectation is high that you will put up your hands to be counted, to help our country succeed,’ he added.
As a UKZN alumnus who also graduated with a post-graduate degree with a daughter who has also graduated with a Law degree from this Institution, Mthiyane expressed his confidence that the graduates will contribute to the School’s history of producing a top calibre graduates who pursue careers in various fields of law.
‘I was also a student here many years ago and was privileged to do my graduate and post-graduate studies here at this campus and can vouch for the highest standard excellence, especially in the School of Law. As you enter your respective chosen professions it is now up to you to show the community what you can offer,’ he said.