Mr Ruddy Kabwe

Academic profile

Mr Ruddy Kabwe is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Mercantile Law and holds the degrees LLB (Pret) LLM (Unisa). Kabwe is currently writing his doctoral thesis on 'The use of technology for the administration of taxes'.

Academic and professional experience

Kabwe graduated with an LLB from the University of Pretoria in 2014. He then enrolled for an LLM in Tax Law at the University of South Africa. During his LLM studies (2014 to 2017), he worked as an intern at Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) until May 2015. From June 2015 to December 2016, he worked as a candidate attorney (now candidate legal practitioner) at LHR. While serving his articles of clerkship, Kabwe completed Practical Legal Training (PLT) from July 2015 until January 2016.

Kabwe joined Adrigwe Attorneys Inc in 2017 as a legal consultant. He later became an associate attorney at the same firm. He completed a course in Practice Management Training (PMT) in January 2021.

Kabwe was an Academic Associate in the Department of Mercantile Law at the University of Pretoria from 2019 to 2021.

Kabwe was a part-time lecturer at Varsity College from 2019 to 2021. He taught Tax Law, Taxation, Civil Procedure, Banking Law, Law of Negotiable Instruments, and Aspects of Financial Law.

Teaching activities

Kabwe is currently teaching Tax Law, Tax administration, Business Law, and Law of Negotiable Instruments.

Areas of specialisation

Kabwe’s research interest are Tax Law, Banking Law, Fintech Law, ICT Law, and Data Privacy Law.

Recent publications

•      Kabwe, R. & van Zyl, SP “Value-added tax in the digital economy: a fresh look at the South African dispensation” (2021) 42(3) Obiter 499 – 528.

•      Kabwe, R. “The VAT treatment of cryptocurrencies in South Africa: Lessons from Australia” (2020) 41(4) Obiter 767 – 786.

Recent conference papers


Paper presented at the 6th Annual International Mercantile Law Conference at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 7 November 2019 titled: “The VAT consequences of cryptocurrencies in South Africa: Lessons from Australia”.


Presented “Smart Contracts and VAT remittance: A case study for South Africa” at the Purdy Crawford Business Law Workshop: Business Regulation and the Digital Economy, Dalhousie University Canada September 25 2020 (hosted virtually).

Professional membership

Kabwe is an Admitted Attorney of the High court of South Africa.

He is a member of the Legal Practice Council (LPC).



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