From serving as a judge in the South African High Court, to being elected by the United Nations General Assembly as a judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and occupying the highest position propogating Human Rights in World, Judge Navanetham Pillay is certainly one of South Africa’s greatest heroes.
Pillay was born in 1941 in a poor neighborhood of Durban, Natal Province. She is of Tamil descent and her father was a bus driver. She married Gaby Pillay, a lawyer, in January 1965. She has two daughters.
Supported by her local Indian community with donations, she graduated from the University of Natal with a BA in 1963 and an LLB in 1965. She later attended Harvard Law School, obtaining an LLM in 1982 and a Doctor of Juridical Science degree in 1988. Pillay is the first South African to obtain a doctorate in law from Harvard Law School
In this edition of Newsbreak Legends, Prabashini Moodley profiles this inspirational, selfless and courageous woman who has not only championed Human Rights in South African, but the world over.
Source: Newsbreak Lotus FM report by Prabashini Moodley