The Kuben Pillay Award recognises the top LLM (Master of Laws) student in Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation at Wits University.
The R20 000 award is presented by Primedia Broadcasting and named after Primedia Group Chairman, Kuben Pillay, as a tribute to his prolific law career and the tenacity with which he safeguarded Primedia Broadcasting’s right to freedom of expression during his tenure as CEO of the Group.
Grant’s journey into the field of human rights was an interesting one. On completion of his LLB, Grant travelled to the UK and while studying towards a Philosophy degree was given the opportunity to work with refugees. This is what inspired him to study Human Rights Law.
When asked how he felt about being part of the course and winning the prize, he said, “The fact that I did well in the course, well enough to merit this prize, is a testament to how good the course was and how much I enjoyed it and valued its input. My studies asked me to question what social transformation actually is and they challenged me to consider how best to attain such transformation. Not an easy question, and this still has me asking questions going forward.”
“I am extremely grateful to Primedia Broadcasting for the money, because any money I receive will go towards the building up of South Africa and its people,” he said.
Grant is the second recipient of the award. The first Kuben Pillay Award was presented to Alexander Beyleveld who was the top candidate in the class of 2014.