SJ Thema

SJ Thema


Email sj.thema@​

Phone +27 11 775 6386

Fax +27 86 688 1489

LanguagesEnglish, Sepedi, Afrikaans, Southern Sotho, Zulu, Setswana

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

SJ Thema focuses on general and commercial litigation, administrative and constitutional law, medical aid, insurance law, and sports and entertainment law.

He is a member of the Black Lawyers Association and the Black Management Forum. SJ has served two terms on the Audit Committee of Statistics South Africa; he also serves on the boards of a number of private companies, and as an alternate employer representative of the firm's pension fund.

Education and admissions


BA (Law) LLB, University of the Witwatersrand

Certificate in Sports Law, University of Johannesburg


Black Lawyers Association

Black Management Forum

Court admissions

South Africa

Representative experience

Defending a claim in excess of ZAR187m on behalf of a large bank through the SCA up to the Constitutional Court.

Acting for a state-owned company in a contractual dispute to the value of about ZAR29m.

Acting for a successful bidder in opposing review proceedings of a tender for a municipality in Limpopo, worth about ZAR223m, ending in the Constitutional Court.

Acting for a state-owned company in review proceedings involving a ZAR200m advertising tender, involving several former service providers.

Defending matters on behalf of Attorneys Indemnity Insurance Fund resulting from attorneys' professional negligence.

Acting for SASRIA in a ZAR40m claim.

Acting for one of the largest medical aids in a ZAR50m contractual dispute against its former service provider.

Lead partner in projects involving two medical schemes under curatorship, advising the curator, reviewing agreements, instituting legal action (where necessary), etc. 

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