Updated: Mar 21, 2020
By Kamogelo Seekoei
Name: Mpho Sekoena
Field: Legal Services
Position: State Advocate
Organisation: National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)
Mpho Sekoena (née Tau) describes her job as emotionally draining but says she loves it because she knows she is there to bring change to “somebody’s life”.
The University of the Free State graduate is currently theActing Regional Court Control in Bloemfontein, a position in which she gives guidance in prosecution of cases and manage about seven courts and seven prosecutors. She is also a member of the recently formed NPA Innovation Team in the Free State, the task of which is basically to be some sort of the middle man between the prosecutors and the snr management of the NPA.
She joined the NPA as an aspirant prosecutor in 2006, just a year after graduating with an LLB. Upon completing the programme in 2007, she was assigned to the district court at the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court where she stayed until 2009.
Sekoena was then moved to the regional court where she worked until early 2017 dealing with sexual offences. She is now a state advocate in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, mostly handling high court cases as well as some in the magistrates court.
Sekoena says it was during her eight year stint in the regional court that she realised how deplorable some sections of society had become due to the nature of some of the cases she handled. She says some of the crimes were so gruesome that one is left wondering what had become of society.
Despite the challenges, she say the only thing that has kept her together professionally and emotionally was knowing that she could bring change to society through her work by ensuring that perpetrators faced justice.
“The work does affect you emotionally especially when dealing with kids,” says Sekoena who comes from Clocolan in eastern Free State.