Brenda Wardle is a South African. Her mom is Xhosa from the Amakwayi clan and her father is of Geordie descent, with her father’s paternal grandfather, John Wardle, being from Newcastle Upon Tyne. She is Chief Operations Officer at the Wardle College of Law (Pty) Ltd.
Wardle is a world-renowned legal analyst having provided legal analysis in South Africa and abroad for numerous high profile cases. She was a regular guest both in South Africa and abroad during the Oscar Pistorius trial, at the time of Oscar Pistorius’s placement on correctional supervision and during the appeal of the State in the Pistorius case.
Wardle has three law degrees, an Intermediary Degree Qualification in Criminal Justice Administration, a Bachelor of Laws Degree (twelve modules having been passed cum laude), a Master of Laws Degree with courses in, amongst others, Advanced Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights, Forensic Medicine (passed cum laude), Medical Law, Media Law as well as Legal Principles of Crimes and Delicts of the Internet. Wardle is currently registered towards a Doctor of Laws Degree with the University of South Africa interrogating The Right To Be Presumed Innocent and The Burden of Proof in Criminal Procedure in The South African Context.
Wardle has published numerous articles in the South African Attorneys Journal, Derebus on the Sub Judice rule (an article referred to by the Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke in his recent speech on Open Justice). She also penned and published an article on Section 100 Interventions by national departments in provinces. She had previously published an article on presidential pardons, making reference to the presidential pardon of Dr Allan Boesak. Just prior to the termination of the contract of the National Director Public Prosecutions, Mr Mxolisi Nxasana Wardle penned an article on security clearances prior to the appointment of the National Director Public Prosecutions in South Africa. Wardle has also published an article in the Business Day on the State’s case against current South African President, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma arguing that his pre-trial rights had been violated. She published a piece in the Times on the murder of Eugene Terreblanche and the possible labour law ramifications on the trial. When the parole of the Waterkloof 3 was revoked, Wardle weighed in on the irregularities in the cancellation of their parole. She was also interviewed by the Saturday Star on the granting of medical parole and the case of Eugene De Kock.
Wardle has been interviewed by Talkradio 702 on medical parole, SABC News Radio on the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela high court challenge for the Qunu property, BBC Radio during the Pistorius trial and by PowerFM on the Supreme Court of Appeal decision in the matter of the DA versus the SABC, its board and its Chief Operations Officer, Mr Hlauli Motsoeneng. YFM interviewed her on the Jub Jub Maarohanye and Pistorius trials.
Wardle appeared on Sky News Prime Time, being interviewed by Jeremy Thompson. During the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius she was interviewed by Karin Giannone and Andrew Harding from the BBC. Jeremy Maggs, Nikiwe Bikitsha and Iman Rappetti on E News Channel Africa interviewed Wardle on the possible incitement charges against Julius Malema in relation to the Marikana tragedy, the employment equity case of Solidarity on behalf of RM Barnard versus the Commissioner of Police and the crippling public sector strike during South Africa’s 2010 Worldcup . She was interviewed on SABC’s Morning Live by the late Vuyo Mbuli on May Day and the rights of workers, as well as the Occupation Specific Dispensation resolution. On Asikhulume with Xolani Gwala Wardle was on a panel with Advocate Menzi Simelane on the status of our courts. She made numerous appearances on Rights and Recourse and Channel 404 with Dumile Mateza on transformation of the judiciary, the Radovan Krejcir and Pistorius trials as well as General Anxiety Disorder.
Wardle has appeared an Arise News Networks, London, Channel 5 UK and was interviewed by Paul Tilsely for Fox News at the time of the Pistorius appeal. Yolisa Njamela of CCTV News Channel interviewed her on the delayed placement of Pistorius on correctional supervision as well as during the Pistorius appeal at the Supreme Court of appeal. Wardle has appeared on ANN7 on numerous occasions analysing legal matters ranging from the delay in the placement of Oscar Pistorius on correctional supervision, the appointment of the new National Director Public Prosecutions, Advocate Shaun Abrahams, the Pistorius appeal, the Omar Al Bashir matter and the interpretation of the amendments of the Sexual Offences Act. Reuters interviewed her during both the Pistorius trial and during the appeal in Bloemfontein.
Wardle is a registered assessor and moderator with two Sector Education and Training Authorities in South Africa. She has facilitated training to in excess of 4000 delegates in the past two years. Her boutique consultancy firm hosted the highly successful National Conference on Selected Sentencing Provisions and their impact on Correctional Services Release Policies. Amongst the attendees were Regional Court Presidents, Magsitrates, Judge President Vuka Tshabalala, his deputy Jude Phillip Levinsohn (as they were then known), Chairpersons and members of correctional supervision and parole boards.
Wardle’s writing is not limited to publication in law journals and newspapers. She has written twelve manuals on the Contract Management Framework for South African public sector procurement, a short story entitled, The Matriarchs, an autobiographical novel entitled, Odyssey of A Woman and the soon to be released To Kill A Fragile Rose – The State’s Case Against Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius.
Wardle has an uncharacteristic flare for the law. Her analyses on numerous cases (including the Pistorius case) have been spot on and her book on the Pistorius trial will no doubt offer the reader an exciting glimpse into South African law, the trial and its machinations.
On a personal level Wardle is mother of four and a proud and doting grand-mother of three.