Khululiwe is an admitted attorney, with the right of appearance in the Higher Courts, whose experience in human rights began as a legal intern at ProBono.org and later at SERI as a candidate legal practitioner. After the conclusion of her articles, she was retained as an attorney and later became Senior Attorney leading the making a living litigation team. She holds a Masters in International Law (LLM) and an LLB degree both from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits). She also has certificates in Procurement law and Human Rights in the workplace which were obtained at the Mandela Institute. In addition to these, she acquired a certificate in Women’s Rights in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She continues to seek academic opportunities to learn, grow, and advocate for human rights locally and globally.
Khululiwe has focused her work on expanding access to the economy for informal workers in trading and waste recycling, while increasing access to housing for those facing homelessness. She does this through a combination of strategic litigation and targeted advocacy work. Beyond her practice, Khululiwe has a keen interest in international law, the protection of the rights of young girls and women and broadly, the protection of human rights. During her time at SERI, Khululiwe has worked on the following notable matters:
- Alexander Thupetji Thubakgale v City of Ekurhuleni and Others
- Residents of Industry House v Minister of Police and Others
- MES v Goge
- De Wet v Occupiers of 87 & 88 Berea
- Ryckloff Edm Beperks v Ntombekhaya Bonkolo and Others
- Ayanda Kela v City of Johannesburg (SAITF v City of Johannesburg)
- PRASA v Phumlani Ndlovu
Recognise the poor — they are neither criminals nor unworthy of living in the city, Khululiwe Bhengu, Daily Maverick (13 February 2019).