Fourth-year Law student Ms Pearl Biyela has become the first woman to be appointed National President of the Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter (BLAsc).
The Chapter’s vision is to contribute to the improvement of the legal profession through strategically aligning itself with the association’s goals of upholding and protecting the rights and interests of Law students.
‘I feel very honoured to be entrusted with the role of President and to lead intellectuals such as the members of the BLAsc,’ said Biyela. ‘My mission is to continue on the path of the founding president of BLAsc which is to ensure the continual growth of the Chapter.’
In 2014, Biyela became the first Chairperson of BLAsc UKZN and was later elected National Deputy Secretary General and then served as National Secretary General in 2015.
Biyela encouraged women to not shy away from leadership, encouraging them rather to embrace such positions to drive the change they want to see.
‘One thing we must never do as women is to think that we can’t lead and be great at it. Women have the strength, the mental capacity and the willpower to lead, to succeed and to be whoever they want to be. We just have to get out there and do it,’ she said.