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Tebello Thabane

Tebello holds a BA (Law), LLB (Lesotho), LLM (UP), and LLM (UFS). He is currently a lecturer in the UCT Faculty of Law, Commercial Law Department and a PhD candidate in the same department. Prior to joining UCT, Tebello was the Principal Secretary (Director General) of the Ministry of Law and Constitutional Affairs in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Prior to that, he lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Howard College. He teaches Company Law and Business Law. His research interests straddle two areas of law, namely, corporate law as well as business and human rights. He has published and delivered conference papers in these areas. His current PhD research explores the impact of ownership and control models on corporate governance of state-owned companies.


  • Company Law
  • Business Law I
  • Corporate Governance (Professional development) 


  • T. Thabane, Pathological corporate governance deficiencies in South Africa’s state-owned companies: A critical reflection Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 21 (2018) 1 – 31(with E Snyman).
  • T. Thabane, The removal of directors in state-owned companies: Shareholders’ franchise in jeopardy? Molefe and others v Minister of Transport and others South African Mercantile Law Journal (forthcoming 2018).
  • T. Thabane, A Contract of engagement as an unenforceable pactum de contrahendo under South African law: Distilling lessons for Lesotho courts Speculum Juris (forthcoming 2018).
  • T. Thabane, Weak extraterritorial remedies: The Achilles heel of Ruggie’s ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework and Guiding Principles African Human Rights Law Journal 1 (2014) 43-60.
  • T. Thabane, ‘Stacking the odds against the accused’: Appraising the curial attitude towards amici participation in criminal matters’ South African Journal of Criminal Justice 24 (2011) 19-32.
  • T. Thabane, The impact of the African Charter and Women’s Protocol in Lesotho, (2012) 79-90 (Book Chapter) (PULP) (with I Shale).
  • T. Thabane, ‘Racism in the Workplace’ Industrial Law Journal 29 (2008) 43 – 51 (With A Rycroft)
  • T. Thabane, ‘Bridging the gap between de jure and de facto parliamentary representation of women in Africa’ CILSA 42 (2008) 175 – 204 (with MC Buthelezi).

Conference Presentations

  • Corporate governance and the failure of state-owned companies (4th Annual International Mercantile Law Conference, Bloemfontein,1-3 November 2017)
  • The ownership and control architecture of South Africa’s state-owned companies (SOCs) and its impact on corporate governance: An overview (3rd  International Corporate Governance Society Conference – Rome, Italy 2-3 Sep 2017)
  • The ‘protect, respect and remedy’ framework and the guiding principles: emphasising the host state at the expense of the home state judicial mechanisms? (International Conference on the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework: Charting a Future or Taking the Wrong Turn for Business and Human Rights? Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa, January 2012).
  • Human rights education as the right to education: revisiting the content of the right (2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education, Durban, November 2011).
  • A case for the establishment of a mandate for a Special Rapporteurship for the protection of the rights of people living with HIV and those at risk, vulnerable to and affected by HIV (Banjul, The Gambia, May 2010).
  • Proactive approaches to public interest litigation (Pretoria, South Africa (November 2009).
  • Coerced/forced Sterilisation of HIV positive women: The Namibia case study (Kampala, Uganda, September 2009).
  • Social Justice, human rights and legal aid (Legal Aid Board, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, February 2009).

Special Awards

  • University of KwaZulu Natal Emerging Researcher Award
  • University of Pretoria Academic Honorary Colours Award (Award for academic excellence)
  • M Butterworth Prize (Best LLB graduate in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law) 
  • Mokhele Kabi Memorial Award (Best BA Law graduate in Mercantile Law)