Services

Services provided by the Legal Services unit include:

  • managing litigation and disputes involving the university (except employment-related matters)
  • providing legal assistance and advice to university management
  • drafting contracts and advising on contracts (except those pertaining to human resources and research matters – with the latter handled by the Research Contracts & Innovation Department)
  • circulating information on legislative changes
  • management, administration and prosecution of student disciplinary matters in the University Student Discipline Tribunal and the University Tribunal of Appeal
  • appointment of university Commissioners of Oaths.
 

Legal and contractual matters

All requests for UCT legal and contractual matters other than for the University Student Discipline Tribunal (USDT), must be emailed to the director of Legal Services: director.legalservices@uct.ac.za.

Please note: under normal circumstances an initial substantive response will be provided in 10 business days.
 

Complaints against students in terms of the General Rules and Policies

The complaints portal can be accessed online: UCT Legal Office Complaints Portal.

Process guidelines for the submission and review of a complaint:

  • Please ensure that all necessary information is provided, and evidence is attached to support the submission (ie. documents, photos, videos, and any other documentary material that illustrates that an offence has been committed).
  • Kindly note that if your complaint relates to academic dishonesty, you must submit an individual complaint about each student. If, however, the students involved in the academic dishonesty colluded together then you only need to submit one complaint.
  • Once the complaint is lodged, a legal counsellor from the Legal Services Unit will review the complaint submission and will determine whether the alleged conduct constitutes a disciplinary offence and whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute.
  • Once the legal counsellor has determined that the report constitutes a disciplinary offence and that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute, disciplinary action will commence in terms of the process set out in the University Student Discipline Procedures and Guidelines.
  • During the process of review of the complaint, you may be called upon to provide further or substantive evidence to support the report complaint and if the matter leads to a prosecution, you may be called to provide testimony before the Tribunal.
 

Staff and location

Legal Services can be found in Room 143 of the Bremner Building on Lower Campus.

Contact details are as follows:

Tel: +27 (0)21 650 7307

Staff
Director: Legal Services
Dr Kathy Idensohn
Admitted Advocate (formerly an Attorney) of the High Court of South Africa
BA LLB (cum laude) (UCT)
LLM (CANTAB)
PhD (UCT)

Legal Counsellor
Adv Alicia Adams
Advocate of the High Court of South Africa
BA (Law) (UWC)
LLB (UWC)
PG Dip in Labour Law (UWC)

Legal Counsellor
Mrs Nomalungisa (Noma) Zongwana
Legal Practitioner of the High Court of South Africa
LLB (UKZN)

Legal Services Officer
Mrs Martine Bennett
Legal Practitioner of the High Court of South Africa
LLB (UWC)
PMT (LSSALEAD)
TEFL (TEFL Academy)