SUPREME COURT OF APPEAL OF SOUTH AFRICA

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Judges of the Supreme Court of Appeal

 

judgeMAYA, MANDISA MURIEL LINDELWA.

Personal:       
20 March 1964, St Cuthberts, Tsolo, Eastern Cape
Husband: Dabulamanzi Mlokoti
Three children

 

Education:
Matric: St Johns College, Mthatha
B Proc (1986) University of Transkei
LLB (1988) University of Natal, Durban
LLM (1990) Duke University, NC, USA

 

Professional History: 
Attorney’s clerk; Dazana Mafungo Inc, Mthatha: 1987-1988 
Court Interpreter and Prosecutor; Magistrates’ Court, Mthatha: 1988-1989
Legal Policy Counsel & Lobbyist; Women’s Legal Defense Fund, Washington DC
Assistant State Law Adviser; Mthatha: 1991-1993
Pupillage; Johannesburg Bar: 1993
Law Lecturer; University of Transkei: 1993-1995
Practising Advocate; Transkei Bar: 1994-1999
Acting Judge; Cape High Court & Mthatha High Court: 1999
Judge; Mthatha High Court: 2000
Acting Judge; Labour Court, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Bisho High Courts
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: 2005
Judge of Appeal; Supreme Court of Appeal: 2006
Acting Judge; Constitutional Court, January to May 2011
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Namibia: 2008; Appeal Court, Lesotho: 2015
Deputy President, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2015
Acting President, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2016 - 22 May 2017
President, Supreme Court of Appeal: June 2017


Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities: 
Member of the Judicial Service Commission: 2017 –
Council Member: South African Judicial Education Institute: 2017 -  
Founding Member; South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges; Deputy President in the 2008 - 2010 term; President 2018 –
Board Member; National Bar Examinations Board: 2016 –
Chairperson; South African Law Reform Commission: 2013 –
Board Member; South African Journal on Human Rights: 2014 – 
Member; Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Commissions: 2015 –  
Patron; Lawyers Against Violence: 2013 –
Fulbright Scholarship: 1989-1990
Georgetown University Law & Gender Fellowship Program: 1990
Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship: 2002
Recipient of the South African Women Lawyers Association History & Icon Programme: 2012
LLD (Hon) Nelson Mandela University 2018
LLD (Hon) Walter Sisulu University 2019


judgePETSE, XOLA  MLUNGISI.

Personal:       
10 July 1954, Qokolweni village, Mqanduli, Eastern Cape 
Wife:  Sbongile Sybil 
Three children


Education:
Matric: Bensonvale High School, 1972
B. Proc, 1978 
LLB degree at the University of Natal, 1989
Permanently appointed to the Bench in July 2005


Professional History
Attorney: 1982 – 2005
Judge of High Court, Mthatha: 10 July 2005 – 31 May 2012
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2012
Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal: 01 June 2019


judgeNAVSA, MAHOMED SOLOMON.

Personal:       

24 May 1957, Edenvale, Gauteng
Three children

 

Education:

Matric: William Pescod Secondary School, Kimberley
BA University of the Western Cape
LLB University of the Western Cape

 

Professional History:

Legal Resources Centre: 1981 – 1995
Regional Director: 1991 – 1994
Advocate: 1982 – 1995
Senior Counsel: 1994
Judge of High Court, Johannesburg: 1995 – 2000
Member of Special Electoral Court: 1995 – 2000
Chairperson, Legal Aid Board: 1998 – 2002
Trustee, Legal Resources Trust: 1998 to date. Executive Member: 2001
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2000 to date
Acting Judge, Constitutional Court: February – May 2007

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:

Honorary Professor, University of the Western Cape: 2003
Wrote foreword to Van der Merwe et al Contract General Principles 3 ed (2007)


judgePONNAN, VISVANATHAN.

Personal:       

17 August 1960, Durban
Wife: Vinitha Jithoo
Two children

 

Education:

Matric:  Gandi Desai Secondary
BA (Law) University of Durban, Westville
LLB University of Durban, Westville

 

Professional History:

Advocate, Durban Bar: 1985 – 2001
Commissioner, The Judge White (Formerly Browde) Commission – A Judicial Commission Established by the President in terms of s 236(6) of the Interim Constitution: 1995 – 1998
Deputy Chairperson, South Local Council, Greater Durban Metropolitan Area, Valuations Appeal Board: 1999 – 2000
Commissioner, Commission of Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA – Durban): 2000 – 2001
Acting Judge, Eastern Cape: 2000
Judge, Johannesburg: 2001
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: November 2004

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:

Member of Council, Central University of Technology (Free State)


judgeCACHALIA AZHAR.

Personal:       

26 June 1956, Edinburgh, Scotland
Wife: Leila Patel
Two children

 

Education:

Matric: William Hills High School, Benoni
BA University of the Witwatersrand
LLB University of the Witwatersrand
H Dip Tax Law University of the Witwatersrand

 

Professional History:

Acting Judge, Johannesburg High Court: January – September 2001
Judge of the High Court: September 2001 – May 2005
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: June 2005 – September 2006
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2006

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:

Founding Member of United Democratic Front (A Coalition of Anti-Apartheid Organisations):1983
Awarded fellowships at Yale University: 1992 and New York University: 2005
Awarded Fellowship at the Legal Resources Centre: 1982
Publications: Cachalia et al, Fundamental Rights in the New Constitution 1995

 


judgeLEACH, LORIMER ERIC.
Personal:       
17 August 1952, Port Elizabeth
Two children

 

Education:
Matric: Hilton College, Kwa-Zulu Natal
BA (1972) Rhodes
LLB (1974) Pietermartizburg, Natal
                    
Professional History: 
Advocate: 1976
Senior Counsel: 1990
Judge of the High Court, ECD: 1993
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2008
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2009

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities: 
Member, Eastern Cape Society of Advocates Bar Council: 1978 – 1993 
Author of Rules of Practice for the Eastern Cape High Courts


judgeTSHIQI, ZUKISA LAURAH LUMKA.

Personal:       

Born Qingana
11 January 1961, Eastern Cape
Three children

 

Education:

B Proc (Wits University)
Advanced Diploma in Labour Law (RAU University)

 

Judicial positions:

Judge – Supreme Court of Appeal (November 2009)
Acting Judge – Supreme Court of Appeal (April 2009 – November 2009)
Acting Judge – Competition Appeal Court (2007 – 2009)
Judge of the High Court of (South Gauteng High Court) (2005 – 2009)
Acting Judge of the High Court and the Labour Appeal Court (2003 – 2004)

Acting Judge of the Constitutional Court January to May 2015

 

Career history:

Tshiqi-Zebediela Inc- Managing Partner (1994 – 2005)
Black Lawyers Association - Litigation Officer (1992 – 1994)
Matlala Attorneys – Professional Assistant (1991 – 1992)
Neluheni Attorneys – Articles of Clerkship (1989 – 1991)

South African Council of Churches – Legal Co-ordinator (1986 – 1989)

 

Other fields of Specialisation:
(1994 – 2005) Senior Commissioner - CCMA and Bargaining Councils; Medunsa – Long Distance Part-Time Lecturer in Labour Law - IMSSA, Tokiso – Mediator, Arbitrator, Trainer and Chairing Disciplinary Hearings

 

Other Activities:
Trainer (ad hoc), SA Judicial Education Institute: 2015 to date
Deputy Chairperson: Steering Committee of the UNDP African Judges Forum on HIV, TB and Human Rights: 2016 to date
Member: South African Chapter of International Association of Women Judges: 2017 to date

Member of the ADR Advisory Committee: South African Law Reform Commission: 2017 to date

judgeWALLIS, MALCOLM JOHN DAVID.

Personal:       
8 July 1950 
Wife: Janet 
Three children
            
Education:
Matric: Durban High School
B Com (1970) University of Natal 
LLB (Cum Laude) (1972) University of Natal
Ph D (2010) University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

 

Professional History:
Advocate, Natal Bar: June 1973 – 31 December 2008
Senior Counsel: 3 December 1985
Chair, Natal Bar: 1991 – 1993
Acting Judge:  1 – 31 March 1987; 31 August – 4 September 1987; 1 – 28 February 1988; 4 – 29 June 1990; 18 – 19 July 2002; 20 – 21 July 2003; 22 – 23 July 2004; 12 July 2005; 20 July 2006; 3 – 30 March 2008; and 21 – 23 July 2008 
Acting Judge, Labour Court: 14 February – 10 March 2000
Judge of the High Court: 1 January 2009
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2009 – 30 November 2009
Acting Judge, Competition Appeal Court: 2010 – 2011
Judge, Labour Appeal Court: 2010 – 2011
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2011 to date
Acting Judge, Constitutional Court: 1 July 2015 - 30 September 2015

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Vice-Chair, General Council of the Bar: 1993 – 1994
Chair, General Council of the Bar: 1994 – 1997
Co-Chair, Barristers and Advocates Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA): 1998-2002
Vice-Chair, Bar Issues Commission of the IBA: 2004 – 2006
Various offices in IBA structures: 1994 – 2009
Author Labour and Employment Law (looseleaf); The Associated Ship and South African Admiralty Jurisdiction Articles in various legal journals
Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, UKZN: 2011 to date
Honorary Vice-President, General Council of the Bar 
Honorary Member, Australian Bar Association: 2003
Fellow of the International Academy for Trial Advocates: 1999 – 2007 
Honorary Bencher, King’s Inn, Dublin 2013
Professor Extraordinary: University of the Free State: 2014

Trainer (ad hoc), SA Judicial Education Institute: 2011 to date


judgeSALDULKER, HALIMA KHANAM.

Personal:       

Born: 6 February 1957, Durban
Married to Goolam Moortaza.

Three children 

 

Education:

Matric: Durban Indian Girls High School (Juma Masjid Girls School)(1974)
BA (1977), LLB (1979), University of Durban-Westville

 

Professional History

Member Johannesburg Bar 1988 - 2004
Judge, South Gauteng High Court September 2004 - June 2013

Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal, June 2013 to date

 

Other activities
Honorary assistant secretary and secretary, General Council of the Bar (GCB), 1997-2001  
GCB representative on Legal Aid Board 1998-2004

Member, National Bar Examinations Board as examiner and judge moderator 1997 to date


judgeSWAIN, KEVIN GERARD BEECROFT.

Personal:
20 December 1950, Pietermaritzburg
Wife:  Anne Swain
Two Children

 

Education:
Matric: Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg
BSc - University of Natal (PMB) 1972
LLB Cum Laude, University of Natal (PMB) 1975
LLB (First Class), University of Cambridge l977
LLM (LLB redesignated as LLM), University of Cambridge 1985

 

Professional History:
Admitted as an Advocate 1975
Practised as an Advocate at the Pietermaritzburg Bar 1977 - 2003
Appointed Senior Counsel 1993
Acting Judge KwaZulu-Natal High Court periodically from 1998 - 2003
Judge, KwaZulu-Natal High Court 1 November 2003
Acting Judge Competition Appeal Court periodically from 2012  - 2014
Acting Judge Supreme Court of Appeal 15/10/2012 to 31/5/2014
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal 1 June 2014

 

Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Attorneys, Notaries and Conveyancers Fidelity Fund bursary for post-graduate study at Cambridge University: 1975
Part-time lecturer, University of Natal PMB - Public International Law, Law of Evidence - External examiner Law of Evidence: 1978 - 1980
Member Bar Council, Society of Advocates, KZN
Vice Chairman PMB Bar: 1995 - 1997
Vice Chairman Society of Advocates KZN: 1999 – 2001

Trainer (ad hoc), SA Judicial Education Institute: 2011 and 2013

judgeMBHA, BOISSIE HENRY.

Personal:
31 July 1952, Johannesburg
Wife: Nikiwe Mbha
Three children

 

Education:
Matric: Morris Issacson High School, Soweto, Johannesburg
B Juris (1981) Fort Hare University
LLB (1985) University of Witwatersrand
Advanced Diploma in Labour Law (1996) University of Johannesburg
Diploma in Tax Practice (1999) University of Johannesburg
Advanced Military Law Course (2003) SANDF
Master of Laws (Tax) (2010) University of Johannesburg
                           
Professional History:
Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa: 1987
Acting Judge of the High Court-Pretoria and Johannesburg: October 2003 - October 2004
Appointed permanent Judge of the High Court - Johannesburg: October 2004
Acting Judge of Appeal – Supreme Court of Appeal: October 2012 - May 2013
Appointed permanent Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2014
Acting Judge: Constitutional Court 15 August – 30 November 2016

Appointed as Chairperson of the Electoral Court (04 December 2018 – to date)

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Councillor-Law Society of the Northern Provinces
Senior Military Judge- SANDF (Reserve-Force)
Chancellor-Ethiopian Episcopal Church 
President of the All Sports Council at the University of Fort Hare: 1975
Executive Member and Vice-President (African Region): World Boxing Association
Executive Member and Legal Adviser: South African National Boxing Control Commission

Winner: 2016 Alumni Dignitas Award - University of Johannesburg

judgeZONDI, DUMISANI HAMILTON.

Personal:       
23 December 1957, Pietermaritzburg
Wife: Vera Zondi
Three children

 

Education:
Matric:  St. Augustine’s High School,  Dundee  
B Iuris (1982) University of Fort Hare 
LLB (1984) University of Natal
LLM (1988) Georgetown University Law School

 

Professional History:
Admitted as an Attorney: 1986
Professional assistant at Hattenbach & Abraham, Johannesburg 1986 - 1987 
Attorney: 1989 - 2007
Visiting Lecturer, Portland State University, Oregon (Summer 1988 and 1995)
Commissioner, Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) 1997 - 2006
Acting Judge, Western Cape High Court 2004 - 2007
Judge, Western Cape High Court, 2007
Acting Judge: Competition Appeal Court, 2009 – 2011
Judge, Competition Appeal Court, 2011 – 2014
Acting Judge, Labour Appeal Court, 2012
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal, 2013
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal, 2014
Acting Judge, Constitutional Court, July 2017 – December 2017

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:

Fulbright scholar 1987 – 1988
Trustee, PARMED 2011 - 2014


judgeDAMBUZA, NAMBITHA

Personal
31 October 1964, King Williamstown
Two children

 

Education
Matric: St John’s College Mthatha
B Proc (1987): University of Natal, Durban
LLB (1989): University of Natal, Durban
LLM (1990): Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

 

Professional History
Articles of Clerkship: 1988-1990, Ndzimande and Mbuli. Durban
Practising Attorney: 1992-2003
Lecturer: East London Law School, 1999
Lecturer: Fort Hare 2002-2003
Acting Judge: High Court, Eastern Cape Division, 2003-2005
High Court Judge: Eastern Cape, 2005-2015
Acting Judge: Competition Appeal Court, 2009
Judge: Competition Appeal Court, 2010
Lecturer: Black Lawyers Association Legal Education Institute (Law School) 2011-2012
Acting Judge: Constitutional Court, 2013-2014
Acting Judge: Supreme Court of Appeal, 2014-2015
Judge of Appeal: Supreme Court of Appeal, 2015

 

Publications, Honours and other Activities
Attorneys & Conveyancers Fidelity Fund bursary for post graduate study at Natal University, Durban, 1987
Member of Council: New Horizon School, Butterworth, 1997-2000
Member of Council: Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope, 2003-2005
Member of Council: Diocesan School for Girls (DSG), Grahamstown, 2013
Member of Council: South African Judicial Institute, 2014
Trustee: Heatherbank School, Port Elizabeth, 2014
Deputy Chair of Council: Walter Sisulu University, 2014
Chair of Council: Walter Sisulu University, 2015        

Trainer (ad hoc), SA Judicial Education Institute: January 2014 

judgeMATHOPO, RAMMAKA STEVEN.

Personal      
28 January 1963, Gauteng
Wife : Ellen Vusiwana
Two children

 

Education
Matric : Mokomene High School- Botlokwa, Limpopo Province
B Proc with four distinctions, University of the North

Professional history
Admitted as an attorney: 1989
Candidate Attorney and Professional Assistant, SC Mhinga Attorneys: 1985- 1989
Practising Attorney (Self-employed), Mathopo Attorneys: 1989- 2006
Azanian Students Organisation (Azaso)
Gauteng Athletic Board Member
Instructing Attorney - Motsuenyane Commission of Enquiry
Instructing Attorney - Morapedi Commission of Enquiry
Tutor,South African Judicial Education Institute (SAJEI) Workshops
Newly Appointed District Court Magistrates: 2013
Basic Aspirant Judges Course: 7 – 9 October 2013
Advanced Aspirant Judges Course: 22 – 24 January 2014
Basic Aspirant Judges Course: 26 – 28 January 2015
Acting Judge of the High Court, North and South Gauteng : 2005 (two terms)
Judge of the High Court, North and South Gauteng 26 January 2006 – 31 May 2015
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 December 2013 – 1 December 2014
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal : June 2015

 

Member of legal organizations (past and present)
Law Society : Member 1989 - 2005
Black Lawyers Association : Member 1986 - 2005
Rules and Ethic Committee : Member 2000 – 2005
Fees Assessment Committee : Member 2000 - 2003
Gauteng Law Council : Member 2003 - 2005
Court Practice Committee
Criminal Law Committee
MVA Committee
Housing Tribunal : Mediator


judgeVAN DER MERWE, CHRISTIAAN HENDRIK GERT

Personal
29 July 1954, Frankfort Free State
Wife: Tronel
Three children

 

Education
Matric: Grey College, Bloemfontein, 1972
B Juris (1976): University of the Free State
LLB (1978): UNISA

 

Professional History
State Advocate: 1978 – 1980, National Prosecuting Authority, Bloemfontein
Advocate Free State Bar, 1981- 2003
Senior Counsel March 1994
Judge: Free State High Court 1 August 2003
Acting Judge:  Supreme Court of Appeal from 1 December 2012 to 30 November 2013
Acting Judge: Supreme Court of Appeal from 1 December 2014 to 30 November 2015
Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal June 2016

 

Other Activities
Member of the Free State Bar Council, 1990 – 2003
Chairperson of the Free State Bar Council, 2000 – 2003
Chairperson of the KOVSIE REGSALUMNI, 2001
Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee of the Free State Rugby Union for several years up to 2003
Vice-chair of the Governing Body of Grey College, 1998 - 2003
Chairperson of the Governing Body of Grey College, 2004 - 2007
Member of the Council of the University of the Free State, March 2007 to 31 December 2016
Chairperson of the Council of the University of the Free State, 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2016


judgeMOCUMIE, BARATANG CONSTANCE

Personal
Born10 August 1965
Two children

 

Education
Matric:  St Paul’s High School Taung
B Juris (1988): University of Zululand
LLB (2000):  University of the Northwest, Mahikeng
LLM (2005):  University of South Africa

 

Professional History
Magistrate: 1988 – 1990 (ODI Magistrate)
Public Prosecutor: 1991 – 1995 (Molopo Magistrate Court)
Public Prosecutor: 1995 – 2001 (Klerksdorp Magistrate Court)
Magistrate:  2001 – 2005 (Department of Justice College Magistrate/Lecturer)
Admitted as Advocate of the High Court: 2003
Magistrate: 2002 – 2003 (Pretoria, Acting Regional Court Magistrate)
Acting Judge: 2005 – 2008 (High Court, Northern Cape, North West and Free State)
Appointed  Judge: 2008 (Free State High, Court Bloemfontein)
Acting Judge Labour Appeal Court:  01 April – 30 September 2011
Acting Judge Supreme Court of Appeal: 01 December 2013 – 30 November 2014
Acting Judge Competition Appeal Court: 01 April 2015 – 30 March 2016
Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal, July 2016
                                                                       
Other Activities
Chairperson:  JOASA NW National Executive member, 2000- 2001
Deputy Secretary:  JOASA, 2001 – 2001
National Secretary: JOASA 2001 – 2003
Deputy President SAC-IAWJ, 2009 - 2010        
President SAC – IAWJ, 2010 - 2014        
Founder Member: SAC-IAWJ 2004                                                          
Founder member, Magareng Education Trust Fund, 2005      
Board member,  Restorative Justice Center, SA, 2005 - 2012           
Board member,  Aids Foundation South Africa, 2005 - 2013   
SA Primary Liason Judge, Hague Convention Network, 2015 up to date.
Chairperson of Library of Free State High Court: January 2015 – June 2016.

Acting Judge President of the Free State High Court: April 2015 – May 2015.


judgeMOLEMELA, MAHUBE BETTY
Personal
18 March 1965, Bloemfontein
Spouse: Sello Molemela
Two children
                  
Education
Matric: Albert Moroka High School, Thaba Nchu
BA: University of Fort Hare
B Proc: University of Fort Hare
Bachelor of Laws (LLB): University of the Free State
Master of Laws (LL M) (in Mercantile Law): University of the Free State
Certificate in Estate Agency (Estate Agency Affairs Board)
Certificate in Advanced Military Law (Thaba Tshwane College, SANDF)
Post-grad Diploma in Business Management: Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College
Post-grad Diploma in Advanced Labour Law (University of Johannesburg)

Certificate for participation in the Human Rights Course, Danish Centre for Human Rights, Coppenhagen 

 

Professional History
Prosecutor at Thaba Nchu Magistrate’s Court (1987) 
Candidate Attorney E G Cooper & Sons; Peete Jake Moloi & Partners 
Admitted as an attorney (1993)
Admitted as Conveyancer (May 1996) 
Admitted as a Notary (November 1996) 
Arbitrator: Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) 1999-2001
Part-time law lecturer: University of the Free State 2001-2003
Practising Attorney (1993 – 2008): Peete, Jake Moloi & Partners, (Associate / Professional Assistant) 
(Bloemfontein); M B Molemela & Partners (Director) (Bloemfontein), Kubushi-Molemela Attorneys (Director)(Bloemfontein and Phuthaditjhaba); Molemela & Mapitse Attorneys (Consultant) (Bloemfontein); Claude Reid Inc, (Director)(Bloemfontein); and Smith Tabatha Buchanan Boyes (STBB) (Director),(Johannesburg).
Military Judge: 2004 
Acting Judge, Free State Division of the High Court (September - October 2005; October- November 2006; July - September 2007)  
Acting Judge, Gauteng Local Division of the High Court, Johannesburg (Nov 2007 – March 2008)
Permanent Judge, Free State Division of the High Court (July 2008 - date) 
Acting Judge, Labour Appeal Court (2012 – 2014)
Acting Judge, Competition Appeal Court (2012 – 2014)
Judge of Appeal, Labour Appeal Court (1 June 2014 – date)
Acting Judge, Constitutional Court (January – May 2015)
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal (December 2016 – 30 September 2017) 
Judge President, Free State Division of the High Court (2015 – 31 May 2018)
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2018 - date.

 

Awards, Honours and Other Activities
Part-time teacher (Criminology): Lediboho Adult Education Centre (1994 – 1995)
Member of the Black Lawyers Association (1989 – 2008)
Council member of the Law Society of the Free State (1995-1999)
Former member of the Board Of Control of the Law Society of South Africa’s School for Legal Practice, Free State 
Former examiner for the Conveyancing examinations under the auspices of the Law Society of the Free State 
Former Development Member of the Board of Control of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund 
Delegate participant in the Human Rights training programme presented by the Danish Centre for Human Rights, 1996. 
Former Chairperson of Centlec Pty Ltd (electricity supplier of Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality)
Former Chairperson of the Valuations Court
Former Provincial board member of ABSA Bank Ltd
Former Trustee of the Black Lawyers Association’s Legal Education Centre (BLA LEC)
Former board member of Free State Rural Development Association (non-profit organization) (2000-2004)
Member of the Catholic Women’s League (2016 – date)  
Member of the South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA) 2007-2008)
Trustee of the RZ South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges Trust
Participant in a course on the Adjudication of Socio-economic Rights offered by the University of Pretoria
Delegate participant in the training of Labour Court Judges on Equality in the Workplace, training programme presented in Turin, Italy, by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2012
Presenter of Trial Advocacy: Legal Education Centre (2012 – date)
Council member of the Central University of Technology (2013 – 2015)
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Council of the Central University of South Africa
Chairperson of the Library Committee of the Free State Division of the High Court (2011-2015)
Member of the Judicial Conduct Committee (2015 – date)
Member of the Judicial Oversight Committee (2015 – May 2018)
Member of the Selection Committee of the South African Judicial Education Institute SAJEI (2017 – May 2018)
Member of the Visitors Committee of the Constitutional Court (1 February – 31 May 2015)
Chancellor of the Central University of Technology (2016 – date) 
Advisory Board Member: Free State Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State: 2016 – 31 May 2018
Recipient of Recognition Award, Albert Moroka High School, Thaba Nchu
Recipient of International Association of Women Judges SA Chapter’s recognition award (Against All Odds), 10 August 2016
Recipient of the University of the Free State’s recognition award (Chancellor’s Distinguished Alumnus Award), 5 November 2016
Recipient of the Black Lawyers Association recognition award (Service Excellence Award), 20 October 2017
Recipient of the Black Conveyancers Association recognition award (Transformation Award), 28 October 2017.

Recognition award: 2018/19 Finalist CEO GLOBAL’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government, SADC South (25 October 2018).

judgeMOKGOHLOA, FIKILE EUNICE

 

Personal:
01 June 1961, Pretoria
One child


Education:
B Juris (1987) University of North West
LLB (1990) University of North West


Professional History:
Candidate Attorney; Tshegofatso Monama Attorneys: 1990-1993
Professional Assistant; Hack Stupel & Ross Attorneys: 1993-1995
Partner; Hack Stupel & Ross Attorneys: 1996-1999
Partner; Mokgohloa Attorneys: January 2000
Acting; Regional Magistrate Bafokeng: July 2001 – August 2001
Acting; District Magistrate Brits: June – July 2002
Acting; Regional Magistrate Bafokeng: November 2002 – September 2004
Acting; District Magistrate Odi: July 2005 – February 2006
Acting Judge; Northern Cape Division: 01 June 2006 – June 2008
Acting Judge; Kwa-Zulu Natal Division: 28 July 2008 – 16 November 2008
Judge; Kwa-Zulu Natal Division: 17 November 2008 – January 2016
Judge; Limpopo Division: 25 January 2016 – 30 June 2016
Deputy Judge President; Limpopo Division: 01 July 2016 - to date.
Acting Judge Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2017 - 30 November 2017.

Acting Judge Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2018 – 30 November 2018.


judgePLASKET, CLIVE MICHAEL


Personal
3 October 1957, Springs, Gauteng
Wife: Adrienne
Two children

 

Education
Matric (1975) De La Salle College, Johannesburg
BA (1980) University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
LLB (1982) University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
LLM (1986) University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
PhD (2003) Rhodes University

 

Professional History
Temporary Lecturer; School of Law, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg: 1983-1984
Lecturer; Rhodes University, East London Campus: 1984-1986
Articled Clerk; Cheadle Thompson and Haysom, Johannesburg: 1987-1989
Professional Assistant; Cheadle, Thompson and Haysom, Johannesburg: 1989-1990
Associate Partner; Cheadle, Thompson and Haysom, Johannesburg: 1990-1991
Attorney; Legal Resources Centre, Grahamstown: 1991-1997
Acting Director, then Director, Legal Resources Centre, Grahamstown: 1992-1997
Senior Lecturer; Faculty of Law, Rhodes University, Grahamstown: 1998-1999
Associate Professor; Faculty of Law, Rhodes University, Grahamstown: 2000-2003
Associate, Netteltons, Grahamstown: 1998-2003
Acting Judge;Eastern Cape High Court, Grahamstown: 2001, 2002 and 2003
Judge; Eastern Cape High Court, Grahamstown: 2003
Acting Judge of Appeal; Supreme Court of Appeal: 2012, 2013 and 2016
Acting Judge of Appeal; Supreme Court of Appeal: July 2017 – December 2017
Acting Judge of Appeal; Supreme Court of Appeal: January 2018 – May 2018
Acting Judge of Appeal; Supreme Court of Appeal: April 2019 – May 2019
Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2019

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities
Co-editor (with N Haysom) Developments in Emergency Law Johannesburg, Centre for Applied Legal Studies: 1989
Published 58 articles in law journals and 10 chapters in books: 1984-2016
Member, Rural Legal Services Trust: 1987-1988
Treasurer, Border Rural Committee: 1992 -1993
Member, Commission of Enquiry into Policing in Grahamstown: 1993
Convener, Grahamstown Steering Committee for the Transformation of the Legal Profession: 1996 - 1997
Member of the panel of judges for the Webber, Wentzel, Bowens Legal Journalist of the Year Award: 1999 - 2002
Honorary Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Rhodes University, Grahamstown: 2003-present
Trustee, Integrated Community Development Trust: 2004 - present
Member of the Law Faculty Board, Rhodes University, Grahamstown: 2006-present
Member of the University Council, Rhodes University: 2008 - 2012
Member of the advisory board of the journal Speculum Juris: 2011 - present
Member of the editorial board of the African Public Procurement Law Journal: 2014 - present
Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal: 2014 - 2016

Member of the editorial board of the journal Southern African Public Law: 2016 - present

judgeNICHOLLS, CAROLINE HEATON


Personal

28 November 1956
Husband: Gcina Malindi
Three children
     
Education
Matric: (1973) St Annes College
BA (1976) University of Cape Town
LLB (1978) University of Cape Town
Certificate in Trusts and Deceased Estates (2002) University of South Africa

 

Professional History
Articles of clerkship, Johannesburg: Attorney Priscilla Jana: 1981-1983
Admitted as attorney: 2 February 2004
Attorney, Johannesburg: 1984 – 2007.
Acting Judge, Johannesburg High Court: 2008 – 2009.
Judge; Johannesburg High Court: 1 September 2009 – to date.
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 October 2016 – 31 March 2017.
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2018 – 30 November 2018.
Acting Judge; Constitutional Court: 1 February – 1 June 2019.
Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2019

Other
Member of Nadel: 1988 - 2009
NEC member Nadel: 2001 - 2003
Councillor of Law Society of the Northern Provinces: 1999 – 2007
Member of the following committees of the Law Society: Finance and Audit Committee; Gender and

Transformation Committee and Staff and Human Resources Committee

judgeMBATHA, YVONNE THOKOZILE

Personal
Born: 19 July 1960, Dundee, KZN

 

Education
Secondary Education, Inkamana High School, Vryheid (1974-1976) and St. Francis College, Mariannhill (1977-1978)
B Proc (1979), University of Zululand
Reading towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Martime Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal (2019).

 

Professional History
Admitted as Attorney (after serving articles at Messrs. Botha, du Toit & Saville): 28 April 1987.
Practised as an Attorney in Newcastle (as YT Mbatha Partners Inc.): 1978-2011.
Acted Judge, High Court, Pietermaritzburg: 2005-2006 and 2010-2011.
Judge KwaZulu-Natal Division Elevated: 1 June 2011 - 31 May 2019.
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 Dec 2016 - 30 Nov 2017.
Appointed Judge Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2019.

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities
Served as councillor of the KZN Law Society and as well as erstwhile Vice-President: 2005-2010
Served in various committees of the Law Society of South Africa being: Gender, Intellectual Property and Insolvency: 2005-2010
Awarded a Certificate of Good Service by the Law Society of South Africa: 2016
Board member of the Attorneys Insurance Indemnity Fund (AIIF): 2010-2012
Served as Executive member of Northern Natal Legal Circle, the Black Lawyers Association (BLA) & Chairperson of BLA Northern Natal Branch: 1992-2010
Served as Board member of the Legal Aid Board under the Chairmanship of Justice Navsa & Judge President Mlambo: 1998-2004
Member of the South African Black Women Lawyers Association (SABWLA): 2006-2007
Served as member of the Electoral Court during 1994 elections: 1994
Commissioner Small Claims Court: 1998-2003
Chairperson Uthukela Water Board appointed by the Registrar of Companies: 2006
Legal advisor to the Newcastle Municipality: 2005-2010


Judiciary
Member of the International Association of Women Judges S.A. Chapter (I.A.W.J.-SAC): 2017
Appointed Provincial Co-ordinator for KwaZulu-Natal Province for (I.A.W.J.-SAC): 2018


Community Service
Board member of St. Anthony’s Children’s Home, Blaauwbosch, Newcastle: 2005-2010
Mentor of various high schools in Memel and Newcastle, KZN: 2003-2009
Chairperson of the Board of Blaauwbosch Rosary Clinic: 1992-2010
Chairperson of the Blaauwbosch Development Community: 1992-2010
Trustee of Eyethu Educational Trust, Memel: 2002-2010
Awarded a certificate of recognition for distinguishing service to the community by the Newcastle Municipality: 2016


judgeDLODLO, DANIEL VUMINKOSI


Personal

04 April 1952, Nongoms, KwaZulu-Natal
Wife: Duduzile Daphney
Two children

 

Education
Matric :(1974) Dlangezwa High School (where – town and Province)
BProc:(1979) University of Zululand
LLB:(1982) University of Zululand

 

Professional History
Court Interpreter: Nqutu Magistrate Court: 1980
Public Prosecutor: Nqutu Magistrate Court: 1980
Professional Assistant: George-Hattingh Kie Attorneys, Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal: 1981
Attorney: Dan Dlodlo and Company, Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal: 1982
Commissioner: Small Claim Court, Vryheid, Kwazulu-Natal: 1991
Right of Appearance: 1996
Acting Judge: Labour Court: 2002
Judge: Western Cape Division of the High Court: 2004
Acting Judge: Labour Appeal Court (Two terms): 2013
Acting Judge: Labour Appeal Court (Two terms): 2014
Acting Judge: Supreme Court of Appeal (Two terms): 2016
Acting Judge: Constitutional Court of South Africa: 29 January 2018 – 07 December 2018
Acting Judge: Supreme Court of Appeal:  February – March 2019
Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2019

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities
Achieved a distinction in Law of Procedure and Medicinal Forensis: 1982
At the BProc graduation, the Natal Law Society: awarded Special Certificate of being the best law student studying at the Law Faculty of the University of Zululand: 1979
Passed commercial matric with first class and distinction in commerce: 1974
An additional member of the Executive in the Association for the Physically Challenged in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal:  1983
Secretary of the Rotary Club in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal: 1982
At the University of Zululand, Judge Dlodlo led a debating team to the Inter-Varsity Debating Congress held at the Rhodes University (Grahamstown). The team was selected by the judges as the best team in the congress. Judge Dlodlo was selected as the best speaker at the congress: 1980
President of the l (SRC) University of Zululand: 1979
Dlangezwe High School, Prefect and Manager of the school tuckshop: 1974


Acting Judges

 

judgeWEINER, SHARISE ERICA

 

Personal:       
28 January 1954
Husband: Darryl Ackerman
Three children


Education:
Matric: Athlone Girls High
BA (1975) University of Witwatersrand
LLB (1977) University of Witwatersrand


Professional History: 
Admitted (April 1978) and practised as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa: 1978-2011
Senior Counsel status conferred: 1995                          
Acting Judge of Gauteng High Court of South Africa: 1995-2010
Appointed to the General Commercial Panel and Appeal Panel of the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa: 1996
Appointed as an arbitrator for commercial disputes: 1996 to 2011
Called to the Bar of England and Wales: 1999
Judge; Gauteng High Court: July 2011
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: February – September 2019

 

Other Activities
Advocacy Skills Trainer for the General Council of the Bar SA and The Inns of Court, London UK: 1997
Served on the National Advocacy Training Committee of the GCB: 1997 to 2016
Chairperson of the National Advocacy Training Committee: 1999 to 2010
Advocacy Trainer for the the International Advocacy Training Institute (IATC). Taught advocacy skills in London, Oxford, Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Ireland 1998 -present
Initiated and implemented the General Council of the Bar pupillage programme: 2003
Appointed to Exco of the Council of the Judicial Education Institute (SAJEI): 2009
Accredited Commercial Mediator by the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR, UK): 2007
Short listed for appointment as the Public Protector of SA: 2016

Appointed as an Acting Judge Supreme Court of Appeal: April 2019


judgeHUGHES, WENDY


Personal

28 February 1968, KwaZulu Natal.
Husband: Sibusiso Victor Madondo

Education:
Matric: Wentworth Senior Secondary School, Durban KwaZulu Natal.
B Proc: (1993) (UDW)
LLB (1996) (UDW)
Advanced Diploma in Labour Law: (1999), Rand Afrikaans University

Professional History:
Articles of clerkship; Mlaba Makhaye and Partners, Durban, KZN: 1993 - 1995
Appointed as an Attorney; 4 December 1995
Attorney and Director; Kruger Ngcobo Incorporated: 1996 - 2001
Part- time Commissioner: CCMA KZN: 1999 - 2005
Sole Director; Hughes Madondo Incorporated: 2001- 2013
Acting Judge; Kwazulu Natal Division: 2009
Acting Judge; Northern Cape Division: 2010 – 2012
Acting Judge; Gauteng Division: 2012 - 2013
Judge; North and South High Court, Gauteng Division since 1 July 2013
Acting Judge; Lesotho High Court, Constitutional Court Division: April 2015
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: December 2017 – May 2018
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: 01 June 2019 – 30 November 2019.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Recipient in 2006 of the ‘Regional Business Women of the year Award in the Professional category’ - sponsored by Nedbank   
Attended ‘The Aspirant Women Judges Program’ - 2 June 2008 – 21 June 2009

 

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Updated: 10 Jun 2019

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