Conference 2016 Keynote Speakers





Judge President Molemela’ Free State Division of the High Court





Mahube Molemela (born Eister) was born in Bloemfontein. She matriculated at Albert Moroka High School in Thaba Nchu in 1981. She obtained her tertiary education at various institutions where she obtained the following degrees and diplomas: B.A & B Proc (University of Fort Hare); LL B & LL M (in Mercantile Law) (University of the Free State). She was also awarded the following Diplomas and Certificates: Advanced Diploma in Labour Law (RAU) (now known as the University of Johannesburg); Certificate in Human Rights (Danish Centre for Human Rights, Denmark); Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (Buckinghamshire University in association with MANCOSA); Certificate in Advanced Military Law (Thaba Tshwane College) and Certificate in Socio Economic Rights (University of Pretoria).

Her professional career commenced in 1987 when she was appointed as a prosecutor at Thaba Nchu Magistrate’s Court.  She later served her articles of clerkship at the firm E G Cooper & Sons and the firm Peete Jake Moloi Attorneys, respectively. She was admitted as an attorney in 1993 and as a Conveyancer and a Notary in 1996.

She was attached to the following attorneys’ firms as a director: M B Molemela Attorneys; Kubushi-Molemela Attorneys; Claude Reid Inc and Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes Inc in Johannesburg.

She was also attached to the CCMA as an arbitrator and later became a panelist for various Dispute Resolution organizations. She was employed as a part-time lecturer at the University of the Free State for a period of two years. She served the Attorneys profession as a Councillor of the Law Society of the Free State; Member of the Board Of Control of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA)’s School for Legal Practice, Free State; an examiner for the Conveyancing examinations under the auspices of the Law Society of the Free State; Member of the Board of Control of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund as well as a Trustee of the Black Lawyers Association’s Legal Education Centre (BLA LEC). She also served as the Chairman of Centlec as well as a provincial board member of ABSA Bank.

She was appointed as a Military Judge during 2004. She acted as a Judge of the Free State High Court on an ad hoc basis from October 2005. She also acted as a judge at the South Gauteng High Court.  She took permanent appointment in 2008 and was appointed as a Judge President of the Free State Division of the High Court in January 2015. She serves as a Judge of the Labour Appeal Court and was appointed as an Acting Judge of the Competition Appeal Court in 2012. She is currently serving as a Justice of the Constitutional Court. She is currently the Chancellor of the Central University of Technology (CUT).

Her hobbies are reading and travelling. She and her partner, Mr Sello Molemela were blessed with two sons, Moeketsi and Moeletsi and a daughter, Reitumetse.


Ms Emma Sadleir: Social Media Lawyer

Emma Sadleir’s areas of expertise include all aspects of print and electronic media law, with a particular focus on defamation, privacy and social media law. She is an admitted attorney and has a BA LLB (with distinction) from the University of Witwatersrand and an LLM in Information Technology, Media and Communications Law (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, having been awarded a scholarship from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust. She worked in the media litigation department of Webber Wentzel for five years before going on her own to specialise in social media law in April 2013. Much of her work involves creating social media strategies and policies for corporates and schools, drafting social media agency agreements and providing training and workshops on social media law. She also teaches media law to journalists and lawyers and lectures personal reputation management on various MBA programmes.

Emma was an anchor for The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel where, for the duration of the evidence in the trial, she hosted a programme discussing social media, the law and court proceedings. Emma was retained as a legal commentator for the BBC (both radio and television) for closing argument, verdict and sentencing of the Oscar Pistorius trial. In addition, Emma spoke at SXSW in March 2015 and recently presented at the International Bar Association’s Initiative for Women Business Lawyers. She has a regular weekly slot on DJ Fresh’s show on 5FM answering people’s questions on social media legal issues.

Emma is the co-author of “Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex… And Other Legal Advice For The Age of Social Media”, published by Penguin Random House in September 2014. The book was described by Professor Jonathan Jansen as “the most important textbook” a university student will buy. Emma is also the co-author of the social media section of the legal textbook, “Communications Law”, published by Lexis Nexus in January 2015.