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Media Statement

President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa has, in terms of Section 174(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, nominated the Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) of the Republic of South Africa, Justice Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya as the next Chief Justice (CJ) of South Africa, when this position becomes vacant. She will succeed Chief Justice Raymond Zondo when his term of office comes to an end on 31 August 2024..

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About US

The South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges was formed in August 2004 and was formally inaugurated by the then South African President Thabo Mbeki at a ceremony on 8 August 2004. He expressed that in the construction of a genuine democracy it imposes an obligation to end the clearly unjust situation of the gross under-representation of women in our judiciary. Hence the establishment of this Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges must be the attainment of the vitally important objective of gender equality as a feature of the democracy we are striving to construct in South Africa.


The Chapter is a juristic person. It is a non-profit and non-governmental organization. A firm resolution is the empowerment of female judicial officers, who are magistrates and judges. The creation of an inclusive judiciary is its principle aim and focus. The membership of the Chapter comprises both Judges and Magistrates and seeks to bring together judicial officers in South Africa who embrace the objectives of the Chapter and the International Association of Women Judges. The South African Chapter welcomes all judicial officers, regardless of gender, race, or rank in the judicial hierarchy, with the aim of promoting solidarity among judicial officers....read more


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Judge President, Thoba Poyo-Dlwati

Vice President

Judge President, Segopotje Sheila Mphahlele

Vice President: Publications

Senior Magistrate, Jinx Bhoola

Assistant Vice President: Publications

Regional Court Magistrate, Charmaine La Marque

Vice President: Programmes

Judge, Lani Opperman

Assistant Vice-President: Programmes

Senior Magistrate, Chetna Singh


Judge, Colleen Collis


Regional Court Magistrate, Sadia Jacobs

Assistant Secretary

Senior Magistrate, Tshadi Leshomo


The South African Chapter promotes the participation of its members in national and international conferences, judicial exchanges, seminars, and training programs to increase their understanding of the broad range of social, economic, psychological, and cultural factors that affect and/or influence women who interact with or are affected by the justice system. Additionally,  the Chapter supports programmes and activities to discourage violence and abuse in our society, with a particular focus on violence against women, children, and other vulnerable groups in support of a violence-free society.

One of our primary objectives is to facilitate and encourage the exchange of information on issues of mutual interest, to look at challenges of women leadership in the judiciary, and to bridge the gap, being the lack of communication, between Lower and Higher Courts...read more


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complete the SAC IAWJ Membership Application Form to join us in becoming a part of the network of judicial officers around the world who empower women so that day to day problems of women and children can be properly resolved through judicial systems.


Follow this link to complete the SAC IAWJ Stop Order Form authorizing Persal to deduct the monthly subscription from my salary.

Contact Us



Email: SadJacobs@justice.gov.za
Postal Address: Magistrates Court, Private Bag X9010, East London, 5241
Street Address: Address:4 Buffalo Street, East London, 5241

Assistant Secretary


Email: tleshomo@justice.gov.za
Cell number: 083 284 4755




Email: CoCollis@judiciary.org.za
Postal: Private Bag X9010, East London, 5241