Randburg, South Africa
Martha Ngoye is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa and has practiced as a corporate lawyer. She worked for some of South Africa’s most prestigious firms such as Edward Nathan and Friedland. She is a trailblazer as she answered the call of the corporate giants and went to work for Standard Band and Barclays, respectively. This was in the tumultuous period when big white law firms weren’t ready for women, especially black women.
Martha heeded the patriotic call to build and strengthen the civil service and joined Transnet, South Africa’s government owned freight rail and shipping infrastructure company. She later joined the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) where she continues to fight a ceaseless wave of corruption. She is a warrior at the forefront of fighting corruption in all its forms, including officials, Ministers and their invisible apparitions.
Martha fundamentally understands, embraces and lives corporate governance. When she was the Group Executive of Legal, Risk and Compliance, and later the Acting Chief Executive for the PRASA, she found herself fighting unlawful contracts that officials in government were trying to use to swindle the people of South Africa. This brave stance led to much suffering and victimisation which she is still fighting to this day.