First year students at UKZN’s School of Law took an oath during a Pledge Ceremony at the Howard College Theatre during which they committed to act with integrity- both as students and legal practitioners - and be guardians of South Africa’s Constitution.
Keynote speaker, Constitutional Law Expert Professor Karthy Govender, encouraged students to focus on their strengths and invest in their future. ‘If you are not disciplined, you won’t achieve,’ said Govender, emphasising that they needed to have a vision of just where they wanted to be in four years’ time.
During the ceremony, students pledged to abide by the rules of the University, to treat their fellow students and staff with respect, to use resources in a proper manner, and to give of their best as students.
Student Ms Mbali Nzuza said being an argumentative person, she chose Law because it intrigued her.
Asked what she hopes to achieve during and after her studies, Nzuza said she wanted to make the world a better place, ensure that justice was done and fair and equal rights are implemented.
Nzuza aims to become an advocate and specialise in Criminal Law.
Before reciting the pledge with the students, Lecturer and a member of the National Consumer Tribunal, Professor Tanya Woker, encouraged them to think carefully about the words as they constituted a legal and binding agreement.
The students handed in their signed pledge on stage while collecting a copy of the South African Constitution.