did as well. She grew up in the coastal city.
The year-round warmth and beaches make it
a tourist attraction while retaining a homely,
small town feel, especially when compared
to the fast-paced, big city environment of
Her father was also in the travel business —
he owned a fleet of taxis — that provided the
family with a better life than most of her neighbors. “Back in those days, most black families
were not well educated or in professions,” she
reflects, alluding to the apartheid era of South
African history that ended in 1991.
When Makhetha was in grade four she
knew she wanted to be a lawyer. “If I felt
someone was being shunned or was not
speaking up for themselves, I’d be that person
to stand up and speak on their behalf, I’ve
always been a voice for others, even in my
family” she remembers. It quickly led into a
desire to advocate for families and women in
Throughout her education, she worked
toward her goal. In South Africa, students
choose their subjects based on their career
path by the ninth grade and study subjects
that focus on that career trajectory. In grade
11 students apply to universities to earn a
degree in their chosen field.
After Makhetha earned her bachelor in law
(LLB), she joined Legal Aid South Africa.
The organization provides legal services for
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