Thulani Rudolf Maseko

Lawyer, Equality Cluster

Thulani Maseko is an experienced human rights lawyer with a passion for the  rule of law . He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights. He holds a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in Leadership from the American University Washington College of Law where he obtained a Master’s Degree in International Legal Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts  and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Swaziland.

Thulani is a founder member of Lawyers for Human Rights (Swaziland) where he also served as a Trustee before stepping down in 2018. He is also a founder member of the Institute for Democracy and Leadership (IDEAL) through which he has worked and continues to work with other human rights and pro-democracy groups in Swaziland. Thulani has worked for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) for several years as a consultant based in Swaziland.

He has worked as an attorney in private practice for the last twenty-one years focusing mostly on human rights and constitutional litigation. In 2018, he was elected to be the Secretary of the Law Society of Swaziland for a period of two years. He has represented a number of the pro-democracy activists who constantly face prosecution  and persecution by the State in the courts of Swaziland. He himself is a victim of abuse of power and authority, spent two years in prison before he was acquitted on appeal.