Zanele is a 22-year-old first-generation South African with Zimbabwean roots. In 2019 she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in International Relations and Law, then went on to complete her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg two years later. In 2021, Zanele worked as a legal researcher with Corruption Watch South Africa. In the same year she was also selected to be a mentee with the prestigious South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges. In October 2021, Zanele graduated as a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative - Regional Leadership Center in Southern Africa and officially joined its network of youth leaders on the continent. Currently, Zanele serves as a Youth Advisory Panelist for the United Nations Population Fund in South Africa.
With a keen interest in the areas of Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law and Refugee Law, Zanele hopes to contribute towards policy reform in the country to enable a more inclusive and democratic society. Through her involvement in the HRDA programme, Zanele expects to deepen her knowledge and be exposed to thought-leaders in these areas of law to enable her to better fulfill her career aspirations in service of her country and continent.