Obakeng Terence Van Dyk
Advancing democracy, promoting constitutionalism, and empowering vulnerable groups through an analysis of judicial decisions on the legal status of invalid administrative action
Obakeng has an LLB degree and is registered for an LLM by Dissertation at the University of the Free State.
Obakeng grew up in the Northern Cape, in a small town called Barkly West, which is a 30-minute drive away from Kimberley. Growing up, Obakeng wanted to be a doctor but his exposure to the media inspired him to learn more about politics and the law. He promptly switched dream of becoming a doctor and went on to study law. During his final year of studies, he was a law researcher at the Constitutional Court to Justice Jafta. Whilst at the Constitutional Court, he attended and presented on human rights in Saturday School events where the Constitution Hill brought learners from previously disadvantaged schools for a tour of the Constitution Hill.
After this initial stint at the Constitutional Court, Obakeng was appointed by the Former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, to head the Office of the Arbitrator in the highly publicised Life Esidimeni Arbitration. In addition to assisting Justice Moseneke in his role as the Arbitrator, he was also involved in the day-to-day running of the Arbitration process and assisted Justice Moseneke in the finalisation of the Arbitration Award, which saw affected family members of mental healthcare users being compensated for their loss.
Host Organization: Constitutional Court Trust