From law books to lookbooks – a toast to future advocates at the final-year farewell dinner

The journey of a law student is undoubtably challenging and short, and their time at the North-West University (NWU) has prepared them for the opportunities and obstacles that lie ahead.

Having arrived here a few years ago, they are about to leave and embark on different journeys to try and find appropriate solutions to the issues the global community is currently facing.

On Thursday evening, 12 October, the Faculty of Law hosted a farewell dinner with the theme “Law as a superpower” for the final-year students.

Mr Kagiso Masilo, director of Undergraduate Studies at the Faculty of Law, gave the welcoming address and highlighted the importance of the event.

“As we bid farewell to our students who are in a moment of transition from being students to alumni, this gathering represents the intersection of aspiration and accomplishment. It is a testament to the vital role that law plays in shaping our society.”

Among the distinguished guests were Mr Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services for the Republic of South Africa, and Tshadi Leshomo, senior magistrate at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Steven Moodley, who is a brigadier in the South African Police Service (SAPS), and Prof Mitzi Wiese, associate professor and director of the research unit Law, Justice and Sustainability, were the other guests. Prof Daryl Balia, deputy vice-chancellor for Assigned Functions and Campus Operations: Potchefstroom Campus, had the honour of introducing the minister and reading his biography. In addition, he highlighted how prestigious it was for the minister to be present.

In his address, Mr Ronald Lamola urged the students to be the defenders of truth and build a future that should accommodate all the demographics of the country.

“As a law student, you have a responsibility to uphold the nation's Constitution, live with integrity, pursue lifelong learning, and never give up on bettering the conditions of the country. Approach the future with a purposeful mindset, armed with a way to Improve the socioeconomic situation that the nation finds itself in.”

On behalf of the law student leadership, Mr Elton John, who is the Law Student Academic Chapter chairperson, said the students chose law as a career to be real-life heroes. He went on to say that the students should rise above adversity and be the change they wish to see.

Prof Mitzi Wiese gave the farewell message and emphasised that the students should keep in mind the broader impact their work has on the global community.

“I want you to stress the importance of integrity, honesty and a deep sense of ethics. The legal profession is built on the foundation of trust, and the trust of the clients, colleagues and the public are paramount. As you prepare to embark on your careers as legal professionals, make a positive impact by upholding the values of justice, integrity and public service.”

It was a memorable evening of dressing up and walking down the red carpet with gorgeous dresses, suits and ties. The students will look back on this day with fond memories.


Prof Daryl Balia introducing Minister Ronald Lamola and reading his biography.


Minister Ronald Lamola addressing the final-year Law students..



Mr Elton John giving a speech to his fellow classmates.


Minister Ronald Lamola receiving a gift from the faculty management committee of the Faculty of Law.













Submitted on Tue, 10/17/2023 - 10:18