By Yoliswa Hlatshwayo
Danisa Magauta Mokhotla, Director of Mokhotla Attorneys Inc, believes in justice, equality and trust.
Born in Springs, she moved to Kabokweni in the early 2000s and attended The King’s School in White River where she says she fell deeply in love with God. Later moved to Nelspruit Private College where she completed her matric.
How long have you been practicing law and what influenced you career choice? What do you specialize in?
I’ve always been interested in law. I remember telling my grade 3 teacher and fortunately I had the opportunity to go back and tell her to her face that I am an attorney practicing for four years now. My parents’ divorce also influenced my career. I do everything at the moment, but I am more into criminal law.
What does your role entail? Take us through your typical day?
I wake up, go for a jog, come back to prepare and off to court I go. After work I prepare dinner for the family. I like referring to myself as Batwoman during the day (black robe) and wife/mother after hours.
What have been the highlights of your career? Do you remember your first day in court and how was it like?
It definitely has to be winning child related cases. My first day was chilled and the magistrate was kind and patient enough to guide me through the process.
How has it been working during the pandemic?
It has hit us very hard because we’re not receiving as much income which makes things a bit harder. But surely it will pass.
What is your view on the current state of the country’s justice system?
Until you are in someone’s shoes, you will never understand. So with that said, being on the other side of the fence, I can proudly say that we are trying.
What can be expected from you in the future?
I intend on going fully into fighting for women’s rights and owning the biggest women owned law firm.