“What is your life’s blueprint? Number one in your life’s blueprint, should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you’re nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance. Secondly, in your life’s blueprint you must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavour. You’re going to be deciding as the days, as the years unfold what you will do in life — what your life’s work will be. Set out to do it well.” — Martin Luther King


“I walk into every room as myself. I don’t walk into any room like anyone else. I’m not cowering, I’m not speaking softly. I’m walking as myself.” — Jay-Z



Johannesburg Society of Advocates (Rivonia Group of Advocates)

Advocate Langa is a brilliant legal mind who has appeared in the courts on matters of public interest and matters which have warranted being recorded as reportable/law-changing cases. He is currently involved in a constitutional/labour matter which could widen the scope of paternity leave, adoption leave and commissioning parental leave in South Africa if successful. 

His work in the legal space and his interest in mentoring and actual mentoring of young professionals directly contributes to shaping the legal fraternity in South Africa.

  • Bcom Law, University of Johannesburg
  • LLB, University of Johannesburg
  • LLM (commercial law majoring in Insolvency Law, Labour Law and Intellectual Property Law), University of Johannesburg

  • I did my articles of clerkship at one of the big five law firms.
  • I was a judge’s clerk at the Johannesburg high court for Judge Kathree Setiloane and also assisted a number of other senior and acting judges
  • I was an admitted attorney of the high court 
  • I have had a handful of reported judgments, the first of these being in less than four months of practising as an advocate. These judgments are important because they either change the law or contribute significantly to the country’s jurisprudence
  • I am the recipient of a red bag awarded to me by a senior counsel (G Shakoane of Duma Nokwe Chambers). This red bag is quite dear to me and is a badge of merit. It is an honour to receive one

In the final prize giving in grade seven at Lyndhurst Primary School, I was awarded the prize of “Boy of the Year”. This award was for the grade seven male learner who in my understanding lived the values of the school and would continue to do so and excel in High School and further. When the principal Ms Anne Brunette described my journey from grade 1 to grade seven and why I was getting that award, as young as I was, I understood the assignment going forward. That moment led to me becoming head boy in high school, acquiring three degrees and practising my calling as counsel.

I think that boy could give older me advice lol. I thank him for having an old head on young shoulders, for being stubborn in his pursuit of a better life and for just believing he would make it.

I have many thoughts on this subject. Importantly though, I would like to see more accountability and a leadership that is not afraid to lead and is proud to be South African. There is a lot of good work that has been done over the years but in the same breath, I think as a nation we have lost our pride. We have the tools to be a great nation such as the Constitution and other legislation.  What we lack is the political willpower to shun mediocrity and kill the biggest cancer we face as a nation, corruption. I would like to see the spirit of pride in being a South African revived and our people living a better quality life with better access to basic needs such as healthcare, education, transport, electricity and ablution facilities. I would also like to see more young people and women at the helm of organisations and institutions, moreover that they are supported to drive our great nation forward.

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