Abammeli comprises of a board, a secretariat and the network of lawyers who are its members.

Our Formal Structure

Abammeli is a non-profit organisation comprising of a Board of Trustees and a Secretariat. The board is composed of Founding Trustees and members elected by a General Council meeting led by a Chairperson. The Secretariat is led by the Executive Director who is an ex-officio member of the Board. The membership of Abammeli consists of registered or unregistered lawyers in private and public practise and law students from universities.

The Secretariat

Brezhnev Mathonsi
Executive Director

Brezhnev Mathonsi is the Executive Director of Abammeli. He is a graduate of the Midlands State University law school and is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws Honors (LLB) degree. Brezhnev is an alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship – YALI as well as the the Federich Ebert Stiftung Youth Felowship. Brezhnev holds additional qualifications from the University of Zimbabwe and the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) respectively, with an MSc and BSc in Social Science. He has worked in the private sector in various senior management roles, but his passion for Human Rights Law has led him to his current role as Executive Director of Abammeli.

Board members

Matshobana Ncube

Chairperson

Matshobana Ncube is a founding Trustee and the Board Chairperson of the board of Abammeli. He is an admitted attorney at the High court of Zimbabwe and is a founder and partner at Ncube Attorneys (Victoria Falls & Bulawayo). Matshobana has previously worked at Phulu and Ncube Legal Practitioners as well as Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Between 2013 and 2015 he served as a Board Member at the Radio Dialogue Trust in Bulawayo. Between 2011 and 2013 he served as a technical advisor to Parliament in the writing of the Constitution. Not only is he passionate about Human Rights; Matshobana is also a scholar whose interest in the subject of Devolution has seen some of his work published in peer reviewed journals.

Nikiwe Ncube-Tshabalala

Deputy Chairperson

Nikiwe is a founding Trustee and the Deputy Chairperson of the board of Abammeli. She graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a law degree with a keen interest in human rights. She joined Webb, Low & Barry Legal Practitioners availing legal services in the area of human rights to those on the margins of society. ln this way, she accumulated lots of experience and invaluable knowledge in human rights litigation, defence and advocacy. Nikiwe is the past president of the Bulawayo Legal Practitioners Association. She is currently undertaking graduate studies with the Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland.

Doreen Vundhla

Treasurer

Doreen is a founding Trustee and the Treasurer of the Board of Abammeli. She graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a law degree and after working on women’s rights as an attorney at Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association in Bulawayo, she joined Lazarus & Sarif as an attorney. She then left to found Vundhla-Phulu Legal Practitioners where she is the Senior Partner.

Tshimumoya Ndlovu

Board member

Tshimumoyo is a founding Trustee of Abammeli and a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe where she graduated with a Law degree. She has a keen interest in human rights and is a partner at Messrs.’ TJ Mabhikwa, a law firm in Bulawayo which she joined at immediately upon graduation. Tshimumoyo also holds an MBA from the National University of Science & Technology.

Nqobani Sithole

Board member

Nqobani is a former police officer who was seconded to the National Prosecuting Authority at Beitbridge where he accumulated a lot of knowledge and developed a keen interest in human rights. He later graduated with a law degree from the University of South Africa. He then joined Phulu & Ncube and later Ncube Attorneys as a practicing attorney. He has handled innumerable human rights cases securing bail and acquittals. Nqobani is currently undertaking graduate studies in law with the University of South Africa.

Zibusiso Ncube

Board member

Zibusiso is the Founder and sole Partner at Ncube and Partners Legal Practitioners. He holds a Law degree from the University of Zimbabwe. Zibusiso has previously worked as a Legal Practitioner at Phulu and Ncube Legal Practitioners before moving on to Calderwood, Bryce Hendrie and Partners Legal Practitioners also as a Legal Practitioner. Zibusiso has vast experience as a board member and executive member in various organizations. He is also a guest presenter on legal issues on Skyz Metro FM.