Meet Sonke’s new UCLA – Sonke Health and Human Rights fellows

Sonke Gender Justice is excited to announce that we have awarded two excellent candidates the UCLA – Sonke Health and Human Rights Fellowship to pursue an LLM in public interest law at the prestigious UCLA School of Law. The two fellows, Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane and Ralph Madlalate, will be commencing their studies in August 2017.


Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane obtained his LLB from Stellenbosch University, graduating in 2013. At Stellenbosch, he was an academic mentor at his on campus residence and he tutored various modules throughout his undergraduate degree. He also formed part of a group of students who started the First Generation Camp, which is a camp that focuses on ensuring that the students who are the first of their families to coming to University were equipped with skills succeed at University. After University, he served articles and later become an associate at Bowman Gilfillan Inc. In July 2016, he served as a law clerk for Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. His areas of interest include identity politics, intersectionality and socio-economic rights. Letlhogonolo enjoys reading books, poetry and attending other times of art performance such as plays, musical and recitals. He is one part of a duo that presents and produces a podcast ‘The Cheeky Natives,’ which reviews books and other art performances.


Ralph Madlalate completed his LLB in 2014 at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2015, he served as a Research and Teaching Associate at University of the Witwatersrand, where he developed critical insights into public interest legal practice through academic research. In 2016 Ralph completed his LLM in Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation at the University of the Witwatersrand, before joining the Legal Resources Centre as a candidate attorney. At the Legal Resources Centre Ralph has worked to advance civil, political and socio-economic rights at the domestic and regional level.