Asmita is a partner in the Pro Bono Practice. She joined the firm in April 2009 as a senior associate in the Pro Bono Practice. Prior to this she practised briefly as an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. Before that she practised as an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre.
Asmita has extensive public interest litigation experience. The skills she acquired as an advocate in relation to drafting, advocacy and litigation have equipped her well to put a fresh perspective on the specialized work drive in the Pro Bono Practice.
Areas of expertise
Land reform law
Advising Anglo Platinum concerning the land holding arrangements, negotiations with tribal communities and elected government structures within the Alchemy project areas.
Contributed extensive research into South Africa's international treaty obligations concerning its obligation to have an independent investigative and prosecuting agency to combat corruption. Webber Wentzel acted on behalf of the Helen Suzman Foundation and successfully set aside the legislation establishing the Scorpions.
Drafted complex Particulars of Claim in which Webber Wentzel pinned the Defendant's vicarious liability on the statutory obligations imposed on the company by the security industry regulatory body in the Saffi matter.
Drafted a review for R Pillay incorporating an order of constitutional invalidity and seeking an order declaring section 10(1) of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 to be unconstitutional and invalid.
Acted for Highveld Horse Care Unit in 4 separate cases. Besides appearances in the Magistrates Court and the High Court Asmita drafted a review application challenging the Magistrates order and provided client with opinions relating to the interpretation of various provisions of the Animal Protection Act.
Represented Z Magudulela in the Port Shepstone Equity Court where Webber Wenzel successfully relied on tape recorded evidence to prove racial abuse of client and obtained a satisfactory award of damages for the client.