Young lawyer inspired by leader’s example

Kathryn Kimberley

A PHOTOGRAPH of a strapping young Madiba holding a law book inspired Sandla Sigadla to follow in his hero’s footsteps.

Like many young black lawyers, former president Nelson Mandela’s opening of the first all-black law firm in South Africa inspired Sigadla to realise his own dreams.

And while Sigadla’s dream materialised, it was his involvement in a court application to have the remains of the former president’s ancestors reburied in his home town of Qunu, that was the true highlight of his career.

Sigadla, from Mthatha, is a director at Keightley Sigadla and Nonkonyana attorneys. He was the local correspondent for the Mandela family’s legal team who fought to have the remains of Madiba’s deceased children reburied at a family grave site earlier this year. Madiba had asked to be buried surrounded by his loved ones.


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