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:
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
Founding Member; South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges and its Deputy President in the 2008 - 2010 term
Chairperson; South African Law Reform Commission: 2013 – to date
Board Member; South African Journal on Human Rights: 2014 – to date
Member; Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Commissions: 2015 – to date 

Council Member; South African Judicial Education Institute: 2015 – to date
Board Member; National Bar Examinations Board: 2016 – to date
Patron; Lawyers Against Violence: 2013 – to date

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

judgeMAJIEDT, STEVAN ARNOLD.

Personal:       
18 December 1960, Kenhardt, Northern Cape
Wife: Rowena Mandy
One child 
                 
Education:
Matric: William Pescod Secondary School, Kimberley
BA (Law) (1981) University of the Western Cape
LLB (1983) University of the Western Cape

 

Professional History:
Advocate, Cape Bar, Cape Town: 1984 – 1996
Chief Provincial State Law Adviser, Northern Cape Government: 1997 – 2000
Judge, High Court, Kimberley: 2000 – 2010 
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: December 2010
Acting Judge of the Constitutional Court January to May 2014

 

Publications,Awards,Honours and other activities:
Chairperson, Rules Board for Courts of Law: 2015 - 2017
Member of the Council and Executive Committee, SA Judicial Education Institute: 2014 to date
Member of the Hugo de Groot Association

Chancellor, Sol Plaatje University, Kimberley

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).

judgeMAKGOKA, TATI.

Personal:
13 February 1968, Moletjie, Polokwane, Limpopo Province
Widower
Two children

 

Education:
Matric: Hwiti High School, Mankweng, Limpopo Province
B. Proc (1992) University of the North, Limpopo Province

Professional History:
Articles of Clerkship, Pretoria: 1992 - 1993
Practising Attorney, Pretoria: 1994 - 2007
Acting Judge: High Court, Transvaal Provincial Division: 2007
Judge: High Court Gauteng Division: 2009 – 31 May 2018
Acting Judge: Lesotho High Court Constitutional Division: April 2015
Acting Judge: Labour Appeal Court: June – November 2015
Acting Judge: Supreme Court of Appeal: June - November 2016
Acting Judge: Supreme Court of Appeal: 01 October 2017 – 31 May 2018
Judge of Appeal: Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2018 - date

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Author of the following lecture notes for aspirant and newly appointed judges: Managing the unopposed motion court, 2014; National Credit Act: A Practical Approach, 2014; Managing the opposed motion court, 2016; Aspects of Constitutional Litigation, 2016 and Practical aspects on judgment writing, 2016
Certificate of Recognition by Law Society of the Northern Provinces for contribution to Judicial Skills Training for aspirant judges: August 2015
Certificate of Appreciation by Law Society of South Africa for contribution in the training of candidate attorneys and development of School for Legal Practice in South Africa: September 2015.
Member of the Disciplinary Committee: Law Society of the Northern Provinces: 2006 - 2007
Faculty Member and Lecturer, Black Lawyers Association-Legal Education Centre: 2010 to date
Guest Lecturer to pupils of Pretoria Society of Advocates on the National Credit Act:  2012 to date
Lecturer to aspirant judges: Law Society of the Northern Provinces: 2016 to date
Member of the Editorial Committee of South African Institute of Judicial Education Journal: 2016 to date
Member of the Research and Publications Committee of the Black Lawyers Association-Legal Education Centre: 2016 to date
Chairperson of Loreto School Parents Association, Queenswood, Pretoria: 2006 – 2008
Board Member, Loreto School, Queenswood, Pretoria: 2009 to date
Deputy Chancellor of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Diocese of Pretoria: 2011- 2012
Chancellor of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Diocese of Pretoria: 2012 to date
Patron of Gallery of Academic Leaders (GOAL), a Non Profit Company for empowerment of rural youth and leadership development: 2015 to date
Publication Award based at six Universities: April 2013 to date


judgeSCHIPPERS, ASHTON

 

Personal:
19 June 1958 
Wife: Brenda
Two children

 

Education:
Matric: Bridgetown High School, Athlone
B Proc (1982) University of South Africa
LLB (1986) University of South Africa
LLM (1988) University of Cape Town
LLM (1991) Harvard University
                             
Professional History:
Articles of Clerkship, Cape Town: 1983 - 1985
Prosecutor, Cape Town: 1986
Magistrate, Cape Town: 1986 – 1987
Attorney, Cape Town: 1988 – 1990
Fulbright Scholarship: Harvard Law School: 1990
Attorney, Washington DC: 1991 – 1993
Attorney and Counsellor at Law, New York: 1995
Member of the New York Bar: 1995 - present
Advocate, Cape Bar: June 1993 – December 2012
Senior Counsel: 15 February 2004
Chair, Cape Bar Council: 2004 – 2006
Acting Judge, Western Cape High Court: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Judge, Western Cape High Court: 15 February 2013
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: 01 November 2016 – 31 May 2018.
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2018 – date.


Publications:
LLM Thesis: The extent of rights under the SOEKOR leases, UCT 1988


Acting Judges

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.


judgeDAVIS, DENNIS MARTIN

 

Personal:
1 May 1951, Cape Town
Married: Claudette
Two children

 

Education:
Matric: Herzlia School
B Com LLB (1975) University of Cape Town
MPhil (1980) Cambridge

 

Professional History:
Professor of Law taught at the Universities of Cape Town: 1977-1998 and Witwatersrand 1991-1998.
Admitted as advocate: 1977. 
Judge; Cape Town High Court: 1998.
Judge President; Competition Appeal Court: 2000.

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Member of the LAC: 2000 – 2018.
Awarded LLD (hc) by University of Cape Town: 2008.
Honourable professor at the University of Cape Town: teaching tax, Constitutional law, Competition law and Legal theory: 2018.
Author of 10 books including South African Constitutional Law (with HM Cheadle and NRL Haysom) and most recently Anti Impunity and the Human Rights agenda (with K Engle and Z Miller): 2017.
Publishing Precedent and Possibility (2ed): 2018.
Editor of the Taxpayer and editorial board South African Journal of Human Rights.
Held visiting professorial posts at Toronto: 1999; Melbourne: 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018; Harvard: 2004; NYU: 2008 and 2014; Florida Brown: 1998 and 2007; Georgetown: 2010, 2011 and 2015
Legal expert at CODESA: 1992 – 1994.
Member of drafting team of Competition Act 1998 and Companies Act 2008.
Member of Katz Commission into Tax Structure 1994 – 1998.
Chair Davis Tax Committee 2013 – 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

 

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


judgeGORVEN, TREVOR RICHARD

 

Personal
Born 21 April 1954
Wife: Melanie Jane Gorven
Two children

 

Education        
Matric (1971) Northlands Boys High School
BA (1976) University of Natal (Durban)
LLB (1978) University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg)
Certificate in Theology, (1985) St John's College, Nottingham, United Kingdom
BTh (1986) University of South Africa
Certificate in Labour Law, University of Natal (Howard College School of Law) (1991)
Certificate in Constitutional Litigation, University of Natal (Howard College School of Law) (1994)

 

Professional History:
Advocate at KwaZulu-Natal Bar: 1988 - 2008
Senior Counsel: 2006
Acting Judge of the High Court of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal Division: 24 July 2006, September 2007, May to June 2008, 3 July 2008.
Judge of the High Court of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal Division: 17 November 2008 to date
Acting Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2014 to 31 May 2015, 1 July to 30 September 2015 and 1 December 2016 to 30 September 2017.

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and other activities
Member of Pietermaritzburg branch Executive of NADEL: 1989 to1990
Member of the Bar Council of the Society of Advocates of KwaZulu-Natal and Pietermaritzburg Bar Committee: August 2002 to August 2004
Pupillage Co-Ordinator, Pietermaritzburg branch of the Society of Advocates of KwaZulu-Natal
Chair, Pietermaritzburg branch of the Society of Advocates of KwaZulu-Natal: August 2006 to August 2008
Member of faculty at the Advanced International Advocacy Course: South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation at Keble College, Oxford: August 2007
Member of faculty at the Advanced Advocacy Course: General Council of the Bar of South Africa at the Wallenberg Centre, Stellenbosch: January 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016
Chair, KZN Judges’ Information and Communication Technology Sub- Committee: January 2012 to date
Deputy Chair, Judiciary and Administration Information and Communication Technology (JAIT) Strategy Steering Committee: May 2013 to date
Chair of the Transcription and Court Recording sub-committee of the JAIT Strategy Steering Committee: July 2016 to date
Delegate to Judicial Forum on Transformative Adjudication: Remedies and Reach, hosted by the

 

Other:
SA National Council of YMCAs delegate to World Council of YMCAs Estes Park, Colorado, United States of America: 1981
Founder member of the Joint Task Group for Action against Apartheid of the World Alliance of YMCAs and South African National Council of YMCAs: 1987 to 1991
Member, Lay Minister and Lay Preacher, St Matthews Church, Anglican Church of South Africa: 1989 to date
Member of the School Council of St Nicholas Diocesan School, Pietermaritzburg: 1999 to 2016
External examiner in Trial Advocacy at University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) School of Law: 2002
External referee for certain level appointments at University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) School of Law: 2002
Member of the Board of Governors of Epworth School, Pietermaritzburg: 2005 to 2011
Director of Journal of Theology of South Africa, a Non Profit Company publishing a progressive academic theological journal: 2006 to date
Founding director and treasurer of the Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT), a Non Profit Company promoting river health in the Msunduzi and uMngeni Rivers: 2006 to date


judgeEKSTEEN, JOHANNES WILLEM

 

Personal:
29 July 1957, Bloemfontein, Free State                                                  
Wife:    Alna
Three children

 

Education:
Matric:  Kingswood College, Grahamstown
BA (Law) (1978) University of Stellenbosch
LLB (1980) University of Stellenbosch

 

Professional History:
Public Prosecutor:  Kempton Park (Gauteng) and Stanger (KZN): 1981-1983.
Practising Advocate: Eastern Cape Society of Advocates: 1984.
Senior Counsel: Eastern Cape Society of Advocates: 1998.
Acting Judge: High Court (Eastern Cape Division): August 1999, November 1999, October 2002, August 2006, March/April 2008, July/August 2009.
Judge: High Court, Eastern Cape Division:  2010.
Acting Judge: Supreme Court of Appeal:  November 2015.

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Honorary Secretary, Eastern Cape Society of Advocates: 1987-1989.
Member, Bar Council of the East Cape Society of Advocates: 1995 – 2003.
Deputy Chair, Eastern Cape Society of Advocates: 1999 and 2001.
Chair Eastern Cape Society of Advocates: 2000 and 2002.
Member, National Executive of the General Council of the Bar: 2002 – 2009.
Deputy Chair, General Council of the Bar: 2004 – 2006.
Chair, General Council of the Bar: 2006 -2008.
Member, International Bar Association: 2005 – 2009.
Councillor, International Bar Association: 2006 – 2008.
Member, National Bar Examinations Board:  2005 to date.
Chair, Editorial Committee of “Advocate”: 2008 – 2009.

Honorary Vice-President, General Council of the Bar.

 


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


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

 

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