OFENTSE MOTLHASEDI

Tuks kept up a three-year winning streak on 9 October, when its students won the English round of the First Year Moot Court Competition hosted by the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.

Twelve students from Tuks (comprising of four teams and two coaches) made the five hour journey to Bloemfontein on 8 October. Both the English and Afrikaans teams had titles to defend. The competition was set to begin on the morning of 9 October, and a combination of nerves and the revision of facts and arguments kept the participants from sleep the night before the competition.

By the afternoon of 9 October, all the teams had argued in the Bloemfontein High Court venue. Tuks competed against teams from the Universities of Kwazulu-Natal, Johannesburg and Rhodes, among others. One Tuks Afrikaans team and one English team made the finals, going up against teams from the Universities of the Free State and Kwazulu-Natal, respectively.

After a highly competitive round in the Supreme Court of Appeals, the team from Tuks (consisting of Jason Gouveia and Khomotso Moshikaro) won the English round of the competition. They were complimented by Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals Mandisa Maya, who thought very highly of their arguments. In addition, Moshikaro was named the “Best Oralist” in the English rounds.

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