Ntsebeza was one of the advocates who represented the widows of the miners who were gunned down by police at Marikana near Lonmin. Thirty four miners were killed during the massacre which took place on 10 August 2012.
The advocate who has been in the legal fraternity for over three decades will hold the position for the next five years.
The advocate who is passionate about Constitutional and Administrative Law, Labour Law, Mining Law and Land Law, was admitted as an attorney in 1984 and practised mostly in the Eastern Cape. His main focus was Human Rights.
Some of his work includes representing a number of political prisoners throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.
He also worked as a Commissioner in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). He was appointed to that position in 1995.
Ntsebeza founded the South African National Association of Democratic Lawyers and served as its president. He also served as president of South Africa’s Black Lawyers Association. In 2000, Adv Ntsebeza was called to the Bar in Cape Town, where he took Silk in 2005, becoming the first African to be conferred Silk status in the history of the Cape Bar.
He has practised in the Johannesburg Bar since 2008.
The university also appointed Professor Sakhela Buhlungu as its Vice-Chancellor and Rector.