Thamsanqa Malusi

Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow, 2020 (Expected)

  • LL.B. University of Cape Town, 2014

Thamsanqa Malusi is a 2019-20 UCLA-Sonke Health and Human Rights Fellow, slated to earn his LL.M. from UCLA in 2020. He completed his LL.B. at the University of Cape Town in 2014, and a Bachelor of Social Science degree in political and legal studies from the same institution in 2012. Thamsanqa was admitted as an attorney in 2017. Prior to enrolling at UCLA, he worked as an associate in a public interest law firm in Johannesburg, where he focused his practice on land reform, occupational health and safety, consumer protection, and constitutional and administrative law. Thamsanqa has extensive experience assisting mining communities and land restitution beneficiaries with settlement agreements, negotiations, commercial structures, and proceeds management with an eye to transparency and accountability. His legal career includes work on several high-profile South African cases, ranging from a class action lawsuit for victims of the listeria outbreak to litigation against South Africa’s gold mining industry, which culminated in the largest settlement in South Africa’s legal history.