“Initially, I had an interest in the justice system from a young age. But as a person with disability, being blind, I faced a lot of discrimination on a daily basis, and that is what has really motivated me to pursue this degree,” he said.
Herbst, 27, who was born in Tzaneen, moved to the Cape in 1997 to attend a school for the blind in Worcester. The move was also motivated by his father’s dream to specialise as an orthopaedic surgeon, while his mother was a speech therapist.
He completed his first degree in socio-informatics but then decided to pursue a degree in law at Stellenbosch University.
Towards the end of his first year in law, he encountered discrimination at the Durban Hills Winery.