DO love Si­nako Bomela

From the dusty streets of Coles­berg to the high­est court in the land, Si­nako, 25, is liv­ing her dream – and lov­ing it!

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What a go-get­ter! Si­nako Bomela proved her met­tle early in life, when she taught her­self English by watch­ing soapies and the news.

Af­ter two years, she was so pro­fi­cient her class­mates at Xhosa-speak­ing Coles­berg Pri­mary School got jeal­ous and bul­lied her. “They as­sumed I thought I was bet­ter than them. But the more I learnt, the brighter I be­came and my marks re­flected the ex­tra hours I put in,” she says.

Si­nako showed such prom­ise, her mother, Luleka Ngqasa, was ad­vised to take her to the English-speak­ing Vaal Chris­tian School. “She was drown­ing in loans and we lived on noth­ing for a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion,” Si­nako re­calls.

But her can-do at­ti­tude kept her go­ing. “I went on the game show Jam Al­ley and won R2 250 for my matric dance out­fit, and I worked full-time as a lab as­sis­tant at the Univer­sity of the Free State while com­plet­ing my LLB,” she says. “I’d wake up at 5am for work, at­tend classes and be up un­til 12am do­ing as­sign­ments. Fail­ure wasn’t an op­tion, be­cause I didn’t have funds for ex­tra years.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 2015, she was con­ferred a bur­sary to com­plete a Master’s in con­sti­tu­tional law – the youngest and only black fe­male from UFS to earn the hon­our.

“It’s such a bless­ing, be­cause my mother never went to univer­sity. Her fa­ther felt it was use­less to ed­u­cate a girl as she would even­tu­ally en­rich another fam­ily.”

Last year, she se­cured a po­si­tion as a law re­searcher for Judge Jafta at the Con­sti­tu­tional Court. “Be­ing pas­sion­ate about the field, I was over the moon. My job in­volves read­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and as­sess­ing whether there should be a hear­ing, judge­ment or dis­missal. I also par­tic­i­pate in post-hear­ing dis­cus­sions,” she says. “It’s quite sur­real that the judges treat me as an equal.”

When she’s not chang­ing the world one case at a time, Si­nako en­joys pho­tog­ra­phy and watch­ing movies with her boyfriend, Nkokheli Lin­dazwe. She also pro­vides free le­gal ad­vice for those that can’t af­ford it and wants to work for the So­cio-eco­nomic Rights In­sti­tute. “It’s im­por­tant to build com­mu­ni­ties and to sup­port one another,” she says.

“You are what you think, and if you be­lieve you are des­tined for great­ness, then you will be­come it.” We couldn’t agree more!

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