Phatudi holds a B.Juris, LLB and LLM. He lectured at the University of the North from 1989 until 1995 before working as an advocate from 1996 until 1999. He has acted as a high court judge in both North Gauteng and Limpopo in various stints between 2013 and 2016.
Phatudi was quizzed on his ANC membership by Economic Freedom Fighters MP Julius Malema who seemed unconvinced that the candidate was not pursuing mainstream politics.
“I have seen you at ANC meetings post-1994,” the EFF’s commander-in-chief thundered at a point during the interview when Phatudi was scrambling to explain his political in activism.
He was also asked about his business interests and whether he would retain directorship of these if he was appointed during an interview that failed to convince.