Judge urges women to be independent

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THE UNIZULU Law Department recently hosted KwaZulu-Natal High Court Judge Hazel Hadebe, as part of the Office of Chief Justice’s Women’s Month Programme.

Presenting her lecture to staff and students Judge Hadebe, who was born and raised in Bergville, urged women to remain focused at achieving their goals and not to depend on men. “Claim the power not from men but from the universe,” she said.

Hadebe told the gathering that she was also a UNIZULU student 30 years ago. “I did my honours in Economics here and I used to enjoy graduation ceremonies provided that I was also graduating.” The judge reminded students that education is the key to success and that they should have a purpose in life and be goal-driven. “We all have one life and if life is well lived it is enough.” She also appealed to men to treat women with respect. “Treat them as fragile eggs then you’ll have peace of mind.”

Head of UNIZULU Law Department, Dr Walter Ndaba, thanked the judge for her contribution. “Judge Hadebe spoke to our hearts and real life situations.” He also thanked students for the good questions they posed to the judge and urged them to use the information provided on the day.

Hadebe went to Bhethani Community School then to Okhahlamba Secondary School in Bergville and ultimately Dlangezwa High School. Because of the Bantu Education system, she had to move from place to place in search for the next level of education. Hadebe holds a B.Admin on (Economics) (UNIZULU), B. Proc. (UNISA) and LLB. (UNIZULU). She started as a lecturer in Economics at UNIZULU while studying for her law degree.

After qualifying she was admitted as an attorney in Durban where she practiced as a sole practitioner. Hadebe, the mother of four children, attended evening lectures for her LLB. Degree while running her practice and lecturing in Economics in the evening at the former Umlazi Campus of UNIZULU. She was appointed a judge in October 2010.