Shamima Gaibie has extensive experience representing employees, trade unions, bargaining councils, pension funds, the National Economic, Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), government departments and employers. She represented union federation COSATU in the precedent-setting Constitutional Court case of Sidumo & COSATU v Rustenburg Platinum Mines Ltd. Shamima has litigated in all courts, including the Labour Appeal Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court.
She has also served as an acting judge in both the Labour Court and the High Court. She is a former National President of the South African Society for Labour Law.
She lectures in the Labour Law Masters programme at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand. She has also authored numerous legal articles in various texts and journals. These include two papers, Affirmative Action – Concepts and Controversies, and Employment Equity and Anti-Discrimination Law: The Employment Equity Act 12 Years On, both published in the Industrial Law Journal.
Shamima is a regular presenter at the Annual Labour Law Conference and the LexisNexis Current Labour Law Seminars and has addressed many conferences on legal matters.
She specialises in employment law, pension law, commercial law, constitutional law, and public-sector law.
Shamima received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1984 and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1989, both from the University of the Witwatersrand. This was followed by a Master of Laws (LLM) at the London School of Economics in 1993.