Project Description

Vuka Eliakim Maswazi Tshabalala is the Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology. He served as Judge President of Natal. In 1969 he became the first Black Advocate to practice in Natal. In September 1994, Tshabalala was elevated to Senior Counsel Status by the State President.

Vuka, as he is fondly known, was born in Orlando East in 1937. A year later his family moved to settle in Durban.

After completing his junior primary schooling at Fannin government school, Vuka enrolled at the famous Loram Secondary School in Durban for a year. He then moved to Pholela Institution where he could not stand freezing weather of Bulwer.

After completing Standard Nine at Pholela, Vuka moved to St Francis College at Mariannhill to study for his matric.

Vuka Shabalala was employed by the Radiography Department of McCords Hospital in 1956. He went on to obtain his Bachelor of Arts Degree at University of Fort Hare and a Law degree (LLB) at the then University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu –Natal).

Shabalala did his articles of clerkship with attorney O.K. Mofolo and became a fully-fledged lawyer under the Natal Law Society in 1996.

Vuka Tshabalala has broken through several apartheid barriers. He became the first Black Advocate to Practice in Natal. In March 1995 he was appointed Judge of the Bisho High Court and was appointed Deputy judge President Of KwaZulu–Natal in October 1998, taking up the appointment in February 1999. In October 2000 he was appointed as Judge President of KwaZulu–Natal.