Durban Metro cop is a law unto herself with her new LLB
University of KwaZulu-Natal student graduated with a law degree this week, and she’s staying with the police
Durban Metro cop Arifa Soobrathi’s days of conducting roadblocks and arresting traffic offenders are numbered. The senior constable graduated this week with an LLB at the University of KwaZulu-Natal – the first step to realising her dream to pursue a career as a lawyer.
Soobrathi, 30, believes her gravitating towards law was a natural progression, given that both her parents have LLBs and her mom is a practising attorney.
In 2008 Soobrathi, who lives in Mount Edgecombe, north of Durban, began studying law. But two years later she was forced to drop out because of personal issues. She resumed her studies in 2010 after joining the Metro police.
“While balancing 12-hour work shifts with attending classes and studying was demanding it was worth it in the end,” she said.
Her small size has sometimes worked against her when conducting her police duties.
“If you see how tiny I am you will understand how difficult enforcing the law can be. But I get the job done,” she said.
She said her legal qualification is based on the application of the law, and the two go hand in hand – “much like my ammunition and my firearm”.
Soobrathi said she would continue her duties as a Metro police officer while being part of an eThekwini municipality programme for law graduates. “I will serve my articles within the council, which I should complete by the end of the year,” she said.
“The LLB has provided me with vast knowledge and great insight in the field, enabling me to ensure that at all times my duties are executed well within the confines of the law. I hope my qualification opens doors for me in the area of career growth,” she said.
“Long-term, my focus is on admission as an attorney. I am determined to use the skills and knowledge acquired from my LLB qualification within the municipality.”