SUPREME COURT OF APPEAL OF SOUTH AFRICA

PIC

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
Chairperson; South African Law Reform Commission: 2013
Council Member; South African Judicial Education Institute: 2015
Founding Member; South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges and its Deputy President in the 2008 -2010 term
Recipient of the South African Women Lawyers Association History & Icon Programme: 2012
Board Member; South African Journal on Human Rights: 2014
Member; Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Commissions: 2015
Patron; Lawyers Against Violence: 2013


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)


judgeLEWIS, CAROLE HéLèNE.

Personal:       

26 October 1953, Johannesburg
Husband: Stephen Lewis
Two children

 

Education:

Matric: Hyde Park High School, Johannesburg
BA (1973) University of the Witwatersrand
LLB (Cum Laude) (1975) University of the Witwatersrand
LLM (Cum Laude) (1985) University of the Witwatersrand

 

Professional History:

Admitted as an Attorney: 1978
Wits Law School: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer
Associate Professor of Law: 1987
Professor of Law: 1988
Head, School of Law: 1989 – 1990
Dean, Faculty of Law: 1993 – 1998
High Court Judge, Johannesburg: from November 1999
Acting Judge of Appeal: 2002
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2003
Professor Extraordinary, UFS: 2009

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:

Editor Annual Survey of SA Law: 1990 – 1998
Editor South African Law Journal (2000)
Inns of Court/Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London Fellowship: 2004
Member of Wits Council: 2000 to July 2013
Deputy Chair, Wits Council, Deputy Chair, Wits Council, 2008 to June 2013
Publications list available on request


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


judgeBOSIELO, LEBOTSANG ORPHAN.

Personal:       

19 August 1957
Wife: Shirley
Two children

 

Education:

Matric: Lerothodi High School, Bethanie
B Juris (1981) University of Limpopo, Polokwane
LLB (1983) University of Limpopo, Polokwane
LLM (1992) University of Johannesburg
Diploma in Advanced Corporate Law (1996) University of Johannesburg

 

Professional History:

Candidate Attorney, Enver Surty Attorneys, Zinniaville: 1984 – 1986
Admitted as an Attorney: 1986
Partner at Bosielo, Motlanthe & Lekabe: 1987 – 1992
Senior Partner, Ronnie Bosielo Attorneys: 1992 – 1998
Admitted as an Advocate: 1998
Practising Advocate: 1999 – 2001
Judge of the High Court of South Africa, North Gauteng High Court: 2001 – 2009
Acting Judge of the High Court, Namibia: 2001
Acting Judge President, Northern Cape High Court: 2007 – 2008
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2009

Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2009
Acting Judge, Constitutional Court, May 2012

Acting Judge, Constitutional Court, January to May 2016


judgeSHONGWE, JEREMIAH BUTI ZWELIBANZI. 

Personal:       
3 December 1948, Pretoria 
Wife: Ndivhuwo Christina Sethusha
            
Education:
Matric: Edendale Technical College, Pietermaritzburg 
B Proc (1974) University of Zululand

 

Professional History:
Attorney: 1981 – 2000
Executive Member, BLA: 1989 – 1990 
Acting Judge, WLD: 1999 – 2000
Small Claims Court Commissioner 
Judge, North-Gauteng: 2001
Deputy Judge President, North-Gauteng: 2006
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2009

Acting Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal: April 2017
Acting President of the Supreme Court of Appeal: August 2017 – to date

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Award by Johannesburg Law Council: 2004
LLD (Honoris Causa) University of Venda


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 theHigh 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


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-
Member of the Council and Executive Committee, SA Judicial Education Institute
Member of the Hugo de Groot Association

Chancellor, Sol Plaatje University, Kimberley..

judgeSERITI, LEGOABE WILLIE.

Personal:       

21 July 1949, Pretoria
Wife: Nomvuyo
Four children

 

Education:

Matric: Setotolwane High School, Polokwane
B Iuris (1976) Fort Hare
LLB (1985) Unisa
LLM (1988) University of the Witwatersrand
LLM (1992) Unisa
LLD (1993) University of Pretoria

 

Professional History:

Attorney, 26 years at Maluleke Seriti & Moseneke; Seriti Mavundla & Partners and Maluleke Seriti Matlala & Makume
Judge, North Gauteng High Court: 2003
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2010

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:

Member of Black Lawyers Executive Committee on three occasions
Chairperson of Black Insolvency Practitioners
Chairperson of Insolvency Practitioners of South Africa
Co-Chairperson of Law Society of South Africa
Deputy Chairperson of South African Law Commission
Chairperson of Commission for Remuneration of Public Office Bearers
Alumni Laureate Award, University of Pretoria: 2002
Black Lawyers Founders Award: 2003
Gauteng Law Council Award in Recognition of the Contribution to the Attorneys Profession: 2004


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


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


judgeWILLIS, NIGEL P.

Personal:       

Born 5 June 1953, Cape Town, South Africa
Wife: Glenda Daniels
Three children

 

Education:

Matriculated at Hilton College, South Africa: 1970
BBusSc (with honours)(UCT): 1975
CAIB (SA) (Certificated Associate of the Institute of Bankers): 1979
LLB (UNISA): 1979
MPhil St Augustine College (Johannesburg, South Africa): 2008

DPhil (cum laude) Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany: 2012

 

Professional History:

Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa and member of Cape Bar: 1980
Head of the litigation of Damant Bostock & Magang (now Armstongs) Attorneys, Gaborone, Botswana: 1983-1984
Johannesburg Bar: 1984
Commissioner of the Small Claims Court: 1989
Member of the Industrial Court, Transkei: 1991
Acting President of the Industrial Court, Transkei: 1994
Presiding Officer in the Electoral Tribunal of the Independent Electoral Commission: 1994
Fellow of the Institute of Bankers (FIBSA): 1995
Senior Commissioner in Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA): 1996
Senior Counsel: 1997                 
Judge of High Court, Johannesburg: 1998
Judge of the Labour Appeal Court of South Africa: 1999

Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: July 2013

 

Publications:

Banking in South African Law, Cape Town, South Africa: Juta & Company Limited: 1981
The Work of the Spirit, the Contribution by American Contemporary Scholars of Pentecostalism to an Understanding of the Worldwide Pentecostal Movement – the Reasons for its Growth, its Intellectual Challenges and its Potential in Dialogue about Faith in A Globalizing World, (Dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy), Heidelberg, Germany: Library of the Ruprecht-Karls Universität (HeiDOK) 2012
The Pentecostal Movement, its Challenges and Potential, Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang GmbH (2013)
Full publications list available on request.

 

Honours, awards and other activities:

1995 Fellow of Institute of Bankers
1993-2014 Member of the Executive Committee of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana (NOTUGRE)
2005-2013 Chairperson of the Board of Trustee of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
2015 Ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church
2015 Awarded the designation Professional Banker of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa (26 Feb 2015)

2016 Ordained as a Priest in the Anglican Church of South Africa


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 10 2003
Judge, KwaZulu-Natal High Court 1 November 2003
Acting Judge Competition Appeal Court periodically from 2012 to 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:
1975 Attorneys, Notaries and Conveyancers Fidelity Fund bursary for post-graduate study at Cambridge University
1978 - 1980 Part-time lecturer, University of Natal PMB - Public International Law, Law of Evidence - External examiner Law of Evidence.
Member Bar Council, Society of Advocates, KZN
Vice Chairman PMB Bar 1995 - 1997

Vice Chairman Society of Advocates KZN 1999 - 2001

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

 

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

 

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  

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 date.
Chairperson of the Council of the University of the Free State, 1 January 2010 to date.

 


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.


Acting Judges

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, Bloemfontein: 2012, 2013 and 2016

 

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


judge TSOKA, MOROA

 

Personal:
19 April 1956 – Sekhukhune, Limpopo
Wife:  Keneoang Martha
One child


Education:
Matric: (1975) Bopedi Bapedi High School
B Proc (1981) University of the North (Limpopo)
LLB (1983) University of the Witwatersrand


Professional History:
Clerk;Webber Wentzel, Johannesburg: 1983
Article Clerk; W Huftel and Klavansky, Germiston: 1983-1984
Professional Assistant; Sello Monyats Khosa & Partners, Johannesburg: 1984
Practicing Attorney; Mtetwa Tsoka and Partners: 1985-1987, M P Tsoka & Partners: 1987-2004
Admitted Conveyancer; 1992- 2004
Acting Judge; High Court of South Africa, Pretoria:  October 2003 - Dec 2003
Acting Judge; High Court of South Africa, Johannesburg:  May 2004
Judge; High Court of South Africa, Johannesburg: 2004 - 2017
Trainer of Aspirant Judges; 2010 - 2013
Mentoring of Aspirant Judges; 2010 - 2014
Acting Judge of Appeal; Supreme Court of Appeal; December 2015 - 31 May 2016
Acting Deputy; Judge President of Gauteng Local Division of the high court, Johannesburg: January 2017 - 31 May 2017


Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Counselor of the Law Society of the Northern Province: 1993 - 1996
Member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces: 1993 - 1998
Examiner of the Attorneys Admission of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces: 1994 - 1998
Chairman of the Conveyancing Committee of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces: 1996
Vice-Chairman of the Alexandra African Children Feeding Scheme: 1983 - 2004
Trustee of the African Children Feeding Scheme: 1985 - 2004
Secretary of the Alexandra Beaters Athletic Running Club: 1995 - 2017

 


judgeLAMONT, COLIN GORDON.


Personal:
01 March 1951, Johannesburg
Two children


Education:
Matric (1968) Marist Brothers, Inanda
BA (1972) University of Witwatersrand
LLB (1974) University of Witwatersrand


Professional History:
Admitted as an advocate: 1975
Became a member of the Johannesburg Bar: 1976
Served on the Bar Council for many years (approximately 12 years) and took silk: 2003
Admitted to practice in Lesotho 27 October 1980, Botswana 14 April 1992, Namibia 28 July 1995
Appointed Judge; South Gauteng High Court: 21 May 2007
Appointed Judge Electoral Court: 2017
Appointed as the judges’ representative to the board of trustees of Parmed on the 5th of May 2014 for a period of five (5) years ending May 2019
Passed the Board of Trustees for Medical: 22 March 2016
Served as Chairman of the Gauteng Local Division Salary Committee: 2016


Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Trainer in education of legal practitioners and judges’: SAJEI, BLA and the Johannesburg Bar since 1996 – ongoing.
Trained by Council of Europe to train trainers who can teach Cybercrime to Judges’ and Magistrates’
13 - 17 July 2015.
Trained judges in Sri Lanka: 31 August 2016 - 2 September 2016


judgeMEYER, PIETER ANDRIES


Personal:
7 December 1960, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Wife:  Karin Meyer
One child


Education:
Matric:  (1978) Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch
BA (Law) (1981) University of Stellenbosch
LLB (1983) University of Stellenbosch

 

Professional History:
Practicing advocate: Johannesburg Bar (1986 – 2007)
Appointed senior advocate (2004)
Acting Judge; Johannesburg High Court (07/03/2005 - 24/03/2005)
Acting Judge; Johannesburg High Court (20/02/2006 - 24/02/2006)
Acting Judge; Johannesburg High Court (29/05/2006 - 01/06/2006)
Acting Judge; Johannesburg High Court (09/10/2006 - 10/11/2006)
Acting Judge; Johannesburg High Court (30/04/2007 - 11/05/2007)
Acting Judge; Johannesburg High Court (27/08/2007 - 12/11/2007)
Judge; Johannesburg High Court: 12 November 2007
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal (01/04/2013 – 30/11/2013)
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal (01/10/2014 – 31/05/2015)
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal November 2017

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Contributor to Motion Court Manual for pupil advocacy training at the Johannesburg Bar (1995)
Contributor to course materials used for an Orientation Course of Newly Appointed Judges and for the training programmes of Aspirant Judges (2012-2014)
Participated in offering an Orientation Course for Newly Appointed Judges, Judicial Training Programmes for Regional Magistrates, Basic and Advanced Aspirant Judges Training Courses, an Aspirant Judges Mentorship Programme at the High Court, Johannesburg and in Advocacy Training Programmes (2012-2014)
Contributor to Essays in honour of Frans Malan Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal edited by Coenraad Visser and JT Pretorius (2014)


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


judgeMAKGOKA, TATI.


Personal:
13 February 1968, Moletjie, Polokwane, Limpopo Province
Wife: Malesetja
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 to date
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: November 2017

 

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


judgePLOOS VAN AMSTEL, JOHAN ANDRIES.


Personal:
2 January 1952, Krugersdorp, Gauteng.
Wife: Lynette Mary Ploos van Amstel
Five children  


Education:
Matriculated at Welkom Gimnasium, Free State
B.Iuris (1974) University of the Free State
LLB (1977) University of South Africa
Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law (1982) University of KwaZulu-Natal


Professional History:
Department of Justice: Prosecutor, Magistrate (Pinetown), Office of State Attorney (Durban)
Advocate at Durban Bar: 1979 – 2011
Senior Counsel for eighteen years
Acting Judge; KwaZulu-Natal High Court: 1994-2011
Appointed Judge; KwaZulu-Natal High Court: 2011
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal, August to November 2017


Other Activities:
Member of KwaZulu-Natal Bar Council on three occasions: 1985-1997
Chair of National Advocacy Training Committee: 1996 -1997

Chair of KwaZulu-Natal Society of Advocates: 1998-1999

judgeMBATHA, YVONNE THOKOZILE

Personal:
19 July 1960, Dundee
No children.

 

Education:

Matric: St Francis College in Marianhill
BProc (1983) University of Zululand

 

Professional History:
Admitted as an Attorney: April 1987
Practiced as an Attorney in Newcastle from 1987 until 2010
Acted in the High Court Pietermaritzburg in 2005 to 2006 and 2010 to 2011
Elevated to the Bench in June 2011

 

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Served as a coucillor of the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society (as well as being erstwhile vice president) and served in various committees of the Law Society of South Africa
Sat as commissioner of the Small Claims Court in Newcastle
Served as a member of the Electoral Court during the 1994 Elections
Former chairperson of the Blaauwbosch Development Committee and the Rosary Healthcare Clinic
Served on the board of management of St Anthony’s children’s home
Acting as a trustee of the Eyethu Trust
Legal Advisor to the Newcastle Municipality
Served as board member of the Legal Aid Board
Served as chairperson of the Uthuikela Water Board

Served as a member of the executive committee of the Black Lawyers Association, Pietermaritzburg Branch.


judgeROGERS, OWEN LLOYD.
Personal:
22 October 1958, Cape Town
Wife: Susan Rogers
No children

 

Education:
Matric: Wynberg Boys High School, Cape Town
BA (1982) University of Cape Town
BA Hons, Classics (First Class) (1983) University of Cape Town
LLB (1985) University of Cape Town

 

Professional History:
Articled clerk; Sonnenberg Hoffmann & Galombik, Cape Town: 1986-1987
Pupillage at the Cape Bar: Jan-July 1988
Advocate at the Cape Bar:1988-2012
Awarded status of senior counsel: 1999
Treasurer, honorary secretary and member of the Cape Bar Council: 1994-1998; 2000-2003
Chairperson of the Cape Bar Council: 2004-2005
Chairperson of tribunals established in terms of s 15K of the Pension Funds Act
Acting Judge; Western Cape High Court: various periods in 2001, 2003, 2009 and 2011
Acting Judge; Labour Court: fourth term 2002
Judge; Western Cape High Court: since 2013
Acting Judge of Appeal; Competition Appeal Court: 2015-2016
Judge of Appeal; Competition Appeal Court: since 2017


Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
The Action of the Disappointed Beneficiary’ (1986) 103 SALJ 683.
When All Else has Failed: Illegal Strikes, Ultimatums and Mass Dismissals 1991 (12) ILJ 1171 (co-authored with Jeremy Gauntlett)
Silk: Why it should go Advocate (December 2006) 26
High Fees and Dubious Practices Advocate (April 2012) 40
Honorary Judicial Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)


judgeSCHIPPERS, ASHTON.
Personal:       
19 June 1958 
Wife: Brenda
Two children

 

Education:
Matric: Bridgetown High School, Athlone
B Proc (1982) UNISA 
LLB (1986) UNISA
LLM (1988) University of Cape Town
LLM (1991) Harvard
             
Professional History:
Articles of Clerkship, Cape Town: 1983 - 1985
Prosecutor, Cape Town: 1986
Magistrate, Cape Town: 1986 – 1987
Attorney, Cape Town: 1988 – 1990
Attorney, Washington DC: 1991 – 1993
Attorney and Counsellor at Law, New York: 1995
Advocate, Cape Bar: June 1993 – December 2012
Senior Counsel: 15 February 2004
Acting Judge, Western Cape High Court: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Judge, Western Cape High Court: 1 January 2013
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: 01 October 2017 - Present

 

Publications, Awards and Other Activities:

LLM Thesis: The extent of rights under the SOEKOR leases, UCT 1988
Fulbright Scholarship: 1990
Attorney and Counsellor at Law, New York: 1995
Member of the New York Bar: 1995 – Present
Chair, Cape Bar Council: 2004 – 2006

 

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