“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

Sanele Mntambo


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National Prosecuting Authority


Sanele Mntambo, 26, lives in Madadeni, Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal and is a district court prosecutor at the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa. His job entails reading dockets and deciding whether to conduct prosecution or not, and representing victims of crime in court. Sanele received his bachelor of laws from the University of Johannesburg. An achievement he is particularly proud of is receiving an award for being the top-performing prosecutor in the district court in Madadeni. From this Sanele says he learnt that a prosecutor must prosecute every case without any fear, favour or prejudice and that as a prosecutor he must ensure that the victims of crime get justice. One of the challenges Sanele has faced is being accused of corruption by an attorney after he opposed his request for bail. He says he overcame this by ignoring the attorney and ensuring that everything he does is in the interest of justice. The advice he would give to his younger self is that you must never give up; you must always be obsessed with success. Sanele says what excites and drives him to succeed is that his work will enhance access to justice for all people, in particular poor people.


LLB, University of Johannesburg


I received an award for being the top performing prosecutor in the district court in Madadeni.