Mordecai Mahlangu was born in 1951 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and was educated at the University of Rhodesia. He is a legal practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe, admitted 1978. He is also a member of the International Bar Association Law Society of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. He has worked extensively in human rights and aid, including a directorship at Climas Medical Aid Society. He enjoys tennis and golf, and lives in Harare with his wife and two children.