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Advocate Portia Nkutha-Nkontwana

Candidate Bio: 

Advocate Portia Nkutha-Nkontwana has acted at the Labour Court and worked as a commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration from 1996-2000. She joined the Bar in 2003. Nkutha-Nkontwana holds a BJuris and an LLB from the University of Zululand and a certificate in industrial relations from Wits University Business School.

 

Interview Synopsis: 

“As an African woman you struggle,” said Advocate Portia Nkutha-Nkontwana, describing her experiences at the Bar to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), “when you compare your practise to colleagues who are white, its like you just started yesterday.”

Nkutha-Nkontwana said things were changing slowly and that of late, she had been getting more briefs from the state attorney’s office.

She was asked about her ability to deliver judgments timeously and admitted that she had taken as long as seven months to hand down judgment in one matter. Nkutha-Nkontwana attributed this to overeagerness to apply one’s mind, “with support from senior judges you curtail your judgments,” she said.

Nkutha-Nkontwana was also shortlisted for the Electoral Court interviews, but withdrew her availability at the end of her interview.