Thabani Mpofu was born on April 13, 1982.
Mpofu’s educational journey includes Mupawose Primary School, Munyaradzi Secondary School, and Jameson High School for his “A” Levels. His pursuit of a Law Degree led him to the University of Zimbabwe after the closure of the law faculty at Great Zimbabwe University. Notably, he achieved success in the ICRC National Moot Court Competitions during his final year in 2008, earning an internship with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
In 2009, Thabani Mpofu made history by becoming the youngest advocate in Zimbabwe upon joining the Bar. In 2012, he established the Thabani Mpofu Center for Justice, a human rights trust. Further, he co-founded The Chambers – Advocates for Zimbabwe, the largest set of chambers in the country. Mpofu’s legal journey is marked by notable cases, including representing Morgan Tsvangirai in 2012 and challenging a High Court judgment outlawing corporal punishment in 2019. In 2021, he secured a judgment declaring Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s term had ended.
Other Notable Cases
Zuva vs Don Nyamande and Kingston Donga: Thabani Mpofu, alongside Nelson Chamisa, represented Zuva Petroleum in a case where the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by two former managers challenging the termination of their employment contracts. Additionally, Mpofu played a pivotal role in challenging the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) during the 2018 presidential election, emphasizing collaboration with a team of local and international constitutional lawyers.
On June 1, 2020, Thabani Mpofu faced arrest and charges of obstructing the course of justice. The alleged offences occurred between January 2019 and February 2019.
Awards & Honours
In 2016, Thabani Mpofu received the JCI Zimbabwe Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award. His influence is further evident in consistent features on lists of the most influential young Zimbabweans.