Bheki Mlangeni Memorial Scholarship 2023-2024

The Cheadle Thompson & Haysom Inc. Attorneys (CTH) founded the Bheki Mlangeni Memorial Scholarship (BMMS) in memory of Bhekisizwe Godfrey Mlangeni who was assassinated in 1991.

He was a respected colleague who played an important role in challenging the legal order during the Apartheid era aspiring towards a committed democratic future. 

He came from a poor working class background and after he graduated from Wits University in 1989, he joined CTH as a lawyer,  an activist, and a representative for his community. 

CTH was established in 1979 by a group of legal academics and has since grown becoming one of the leading law firms in South Africa with offices located in Cape Town and Johannesburg and consists of a growing number of professionally trained lawyers.

The firm established the Scholarship to remember where the people came from, where they drew their strengths from, the struggles they faced that needed to be addressed in order to maintain their founding principles. 

In the early 1990s the firm began to expand from being specialists in Human Rights and Labour Law to Constitutional and Public Administration, Media, Telecommunications and Commercial Law.

Over time facing many challenges and changes during this period, CTH decided to create the Scholarship to encourage law students to complete their studies and to measure the quality of legal academics, remembering Bheki Mlangeni’s sacrifice and the impact his life and death had on the firm and the past of a different era.

Closing date of the bursary

Applications for the BMMS Scholarship will only be available until 18 September 2021.  Late or incomplete applications will be disregarded.

About This Bursary

The objective of the Bheki Mlangeni Memorial Scholarship (BMMS) is to celebrate the memories of Bheki Mlangeni and promote the progression of legal education at Wits University.

To be reminded of the profound sacrifices made to achieve democracy in South Africa and remind us all to realize the principles of our Constitution. The firm ensures legal and academic expertise are combined as practical and strategic.

Those who receive a scholarship will be required to take part in a vacation work program at Cheadle Thompson & Hayson Inc. The scholar will need to sign a form to authorize the University to share the academic record with a third party.  

What does the bursary cover?

The Bheki Mlangeni Memorial Scholarship (BMMS) offers an annual scholarship of R30, 000.00 to law students in their final year of studies who are from black communities.

Who Can Apply?


  • South African citizen
  • Must be a person of colour (Black)
  • In the final year of study towards a LLB degree qualification 
  • Must be studying at either the University of Witwatersrand or the University of Western Cape
  • Financially in need
  • Excellence in Constitutional Law,  Labour Law or Administrative Law
  • Committed to using his/her legal qualification to the cause of social justice

How to Apply?

To apply for the Scholarship you need to email the following documentation to the relevant University co-ordinators:

  • Name of desired scholarship in the email subject line
  • Motivation letter for the scholarship
  • Curriculum vitae with student number
  • Certified copy of the most recent academic results
  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Two reference letters with contactable telephone numbers

The University of Western Cape

Vernon Johannes 


The University Witwatersrand

Wandla Ndlozi

Contact information

Any queries relating to the Scholarship you may contact the University of Western Cape and the University of Witwatersrand coordinators directly via the given contact details.

Further information on the BMMS Scholarship can be found on the Cheadle Thompson & Haysom Inc. Attorneys website.