Derrick Grootboom
Legal prosecutor and anti-apartheid veteran
South Africa
University of Southampton
Law/ Human Rights
  • Derrick was born in the rural South African Eastern Cape town of Klipplaat.
  • His biggest challenge was obtaining a decent education as a means to escape poverty.
  • In 1985, Derrick was arrested, convicted of acts of sabotage against the apartheid state and sentenced to seven years imprisonment. 
  • Derrick completed his high school studies in prison and later went on to comple two law degrees.
  • Derrick appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1999 with regards to his role as an activist during the anti-apartheid struggle.
  • Derrick completed a Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Southampton and has represented himself successfully in the highest court the land, the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
  • At present, Derrick is a Public Prosecutor in the employ of the Department of Justice and Correctional Service under the National Prosecutorial Authority.
  • In this video, Derrick recalls his involvement in the South African liberation struggle during the 1980s.
Greatest achievement: 

My greatest achievement is everyday becoming myself more and more; leaving behind a much appreciated life and legacy.

Professional interests: 

Analysing how the different positions held by each of us in the criminal justice system can impact on the dignity of one another.

Current occupation: 
Public Prosecutor