Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

Director, Constitutional litigation Unit, Legal Resources Centre

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi was the most junior member of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in Grahamstown when the groundbreaking social grants class action suit, Ngxuza v MEC for Welfare, went all the way to the Supreme Court of Appeal, and the LRC won. As the only isiXhosa-speaking lawyer in the offi ce Ngcukaitobi criss-crossed the former Transkei, taking statements and explaining the case's implications to the people involved. Now he directs the LRC's constitutional litigation efforts from Johannesburg, having spent a year as clerk to former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson and seven years in interest litigation with Bowman Gilfi llan. Ngcukaitobi also serves on the South African Law Reform Commission, which advises Parliament and the executive on the constitutionality of laws from both the pre- and post-apartheid eras. "I am dedicating the skills at my disposal to resolving the structural inequalities in our society, be it as a lawyer, an SC [senior counsel], a policymaker, or a judge,� he says. � Lionel Faull

Lunch spot: Mastrantonio, Illovo, Johannesburg