Shafaath obtained his B.Proc Degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (formerly University of Natal – Durban) in 1995. He was duly admitted as an Attorney in November 1997. In 2005 Shafaath obtained his Right of Appearance in the High Court of South Africa. He is also a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court and an Assessor in the High Court of South Africa.
Shafaath is a member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers.