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PresidentPresident: Justice Mandisa Muriel Maya

Justice Mandisa Muriel Maya was born at St. Cuthbert’s in Tsolo on 20 March 1964. She attended schools in King William’s Town and Umtata in the Eastern Cape and matriculated from St. John’s College in 1981.  She obtained the degrees B.Proc from the University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University) in 1986; LLB from the University of Natal, Durban in 1988, LLM on a Fulbright scholarship, from the Duke University School of Law in North Carolina, U.S.A. in 1990 and a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) in the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela University, in 2018.

In 1990 she became a fellow in the Georgetown University School of Law ‘Law & Gender Fellowship Program’ and the Africare Internship Program and worked briefly as an intern at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. In 2002 she was appointed as a fellow of the Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship.  

In a chequered career in the legal profession in South Africa and the U.S.A., she has worked as an attorney’s assistant, a court interpreter, a court prosecutor and a State Law Adviser (Umtata); policy counsel and lobbyist (Women’s Legal Defense Fund in Washington D.C.); law lecturer (University of Transkei) and IEC investigator (first democratic South African elections, Transkei Region in 1994) and practised as an advocate (having been so admitted in 1992) from January 1994 until her elevation to the bench in July 1999.  She has sat in various divisions of the High Court - the Cape Town, Umtata, Bisho, Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth High Courts and the Labour Court. She became a Judge of Appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2005 and became the first woman Deputy President and President of the Court in 2015 and 2017, respectively. She has acted as a judge of Appeal in the Supreme Court of Namibia and the Lesotho Appeal Court.

She holds leadership positions in various legal establishments including the South African Law Reform Commission, the Judicial Service Commission, the South African Judicial Education Institute and the International Association of Women Judges-South African Chapter.  She is married to Dabulamanzi Mlokoti and they have a daughter, Wela and two sons, Zizi and Jama.


Vice PresidentVice-President: Vuyokazi (Vuyo) Noncembu

Vuyokazi (Vuyo) Noncembu was born in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province.  She possesses a BA Law and LLB degrees from the University of the Western Cape, currently studying towards her master’s degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).  She started working as a prosecutor in Zwelitsha and in King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape in 1999. She was thereafter appointed as a Magistrate in Durban from 2005 until 2013, when the Minister of Justice appointed her as a Regional Magistrate in Verulam KwaZulu-Natal, where she still sits up to date.

She is the current Deputy President of the SAC-IAWJ, after serving as the VP Programmes, Secretary and the Assistant Secretary of the said association.  She is a former member of the KwaZulu-Natal Child Justice Forum, a multi-sectorial body responsible for overseeing all Child Justice issues in the KZN Province. She was also responsible for the training of magistrates in KZN on the Child Justice Act when it came into operation. She is actively involved in the training of Regional Magistrates in the KZN Province.

Ms Noncembu is one of the four Judicial Officers who were selected for the Women Pioneers in the Judiciary Programme, in partnership with the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU), UCT and UNISA, and has to that end written an article which has been published in the South African Journal of Criminal Justice (SACJ).


Vice President PublicationsVice-President: Publications: Yoliswa Sidlova

Yoliswa Sidlova started her career as a Prosecutor in the Eastern Cape. She then worked for Lawyers for Human Rights for four years before she went back to prosecution.  In 1998 she moved to Johannesburg and soon thereafter was appointed as a Magistrate. In 2005 she got appointed as a Senior in Randburg, a position she held until her appointment as Chief Magistrate, Randburg in 2016 after acting in that position for 4 years.

She acted as Judge of the Land Claims Court and at the High Court in Pretoria and Johannesburg for a continuous period of two years. She is married and is a mother of two boys aged 20 and 16. She is a former Secretary of the South African Chapter-International Association of Woman Judges.


Vice President PublicationsAssistant Vice President: Publications: Sadia Jacobs

Sadia Jacobs was born in District Six on 16 January 1965. She attended School in Elsies River and matriculated from John Ramsay Senior Secondary School, Bishop Lavis, in 1982. She obtained a Diploma Iuris, B Proc and LLB from the University of Western Cape, LLM from the University of South Africa and MBA from the Management College of South Africa.
She was appointed additional Magistrate in Upington in 2003 and Regional Magistrate East London in 2007. Sadia is a member of the SAC-IAWJ since its inauguration.

Vice President ProgrammesVice-President: Programs: Melisa Thalitha Jordaan

Melisa Thalitha Jordaan, is a Regional Court Magistrate for the Regional Division of Gauteng and the Vice President of Programs for the SAC-IAWJ. She was born and bred in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. She is serving 22yrs in the Department of Justice. Her Grade3 oral on Martin Luther King and human rights, planted the seed for her later chosen career.

Her professional career started as a State Prosecutor in Port Elizabeth, during which she received merit awards yearly and was actively involved in diversion program development with Social Development prior to the Child Justice Act and on an ad hoc basis represented her Senior Prosecutor, Mr Le Roux, on the Interministerial Task Team on Youth in Conflict with the Law. She acceded to the bench as a District Court Magistrate in 2000. She studied at Vista University in Port Elizabeth where she obtained her B Juris Degree and furthered her studies at Nelson MandelaMetropolitan University where she obtained her LLM Degree in Criminal Justice.

Her landmark case in the Equality Court, ordered the Department of Public Works and Minister of Police to renovate the Kabega Park Police Station within a month of her judgment to make the police station accessible for differently abled persons and this was so effected. She served as a Provincial Coordinator for Gauteng SAC-IAWJ, she served on Provincial Executive of Joasa, she was motivational speaker for the Port Elizabeth Northern Areas Cansa Association, she guest lectured at the Law faculty of NMMU and presided in moot courts. She is a catholic, devoted to her family, loves cooking and entertaining.


Assistant Vice President ProgrammesAssistant Vice-President: Programs: Anthia Maria Ramos

Anthia Maria Ramos graduated from the University of the Western Cape.  She completed the Management Diploma through Wits Business School in 2003.  She completed her articles at the University of Cape Town Legal Aid Clinic in 1999. Prosecuted for 6 months at Cape Town Magistrates Court and returned to Legal Aid as an admitted attorney appointed to Wynberg Regional Court for 3 years. In 2005 was appointed as the Justice Centre Executive for the Vredendal Justice Centre.

In 2005 she was appointed as Justice Centre Executive for the Cape Town Justice Centre. She was a member of the Cape Law Society Criminal and Legal Aid Committee.  She was appointed as Magistrate in Kuilsriver in July 2010. She established a Child Justice Forum for the district of Kuilsriver in 2010.  In November 2013 she was appointed as acting Senior Magistrate for the Kuilsriver Sub cluster. In the 1 May 2017 she was appointed as Senior Magistrate and Sub cluster Head for the Kuilsriver Sub Cluster.

She is a Guest Facilitator for SAJEI and helped train the 2018 group of newly appointed Magistrates. She served on the Western Cape Province Executive Committee of JOASA in 2015/16. She served as the Western Cape Provincial Coordinator for the South African Chapter of the international Association of Women Judges 2016-2018. She is married, with 2 kids aged 8 and 10 years old.


TreasurerTreasurer: Jinx Bhoola

Ms Jinx Bhoola graduated with a BA (Law) from UDW and an LLB degree from UNP.  She has practiced as a legal adviser, attorney as well as a prosecutor in Kwa Zulu Natal where she made her mark as a hardworking and dedicated jurist in law.  Well respected by all who know her in the legal field.  She has been appointed as a Magistrate in Gauteng both as a sitting Magistrate and in an acting management position where she served the community of Daveyton with great leadership skills. 

Empowering others especially females has been a strong passion of Jinx.  She embarked on community projects and served the communities she worked in.  Jinx is currently a Senior Magistrate and Judicial Educator at SAJEI in all streams and all areas of law.  She shows great insight into Constitutional issues; Administrative Justice and her knowledge in application of civil matters are exceptional.  Her motto is to live, feel and ensure Constitutional imperatives as enshrined are carried out by the Judiciary.


SecretarySecretary: Charlotte SP Oosthuizen-Senekal

Charlotte SP Oosthuizen-Senekal was born on 14 July 1966 in small town, Wolmaransstad, as previously known, in the Wes Transvaal. Her family consists of a brother and three sisters. She spent her childhood on the farm. After she matriculated she enrolled at North West University, where she obtained her B Juris and LLB degrees.

SheI was elected as Primaria of Karlien Dameskoshuis in 1986, after serving on the House Committee in her second year, 1985. She is married to a wonderful, loving man, Errol and they are still living happily ever after. Louis, their son, is in his 4th year, studying B Comm/LLB at North West University. She has two dog children, poodles, CoCo and Ice. Her Motto in life:He who fears the sun, will not become chief”.

Regional Magistrate Klerksdorp, North West Province South Africa
1998- Now

  • Presided in the Sexual Offences Court, Klerksdorp for a period of eight years.
  • Currently Presiding in Criminal and Civil Trials Daily.
  • Coordinator of Regional Civil Section.
  • Member of Association of Regional Magistrates in South Africa.
  • Member of South African Chapter of International Association of Woman Judges.
  • Provincial Coordinator of South African Chapter of International Association of Woman Judges.
  • Secretary: South African Association of Women Judges.


Assistant SecretaryAssistant Secretary: Christa Reyneke

Christa Reyneke is holding the position as the assistant secretary.  She has been an active member of the IAWJ for 10 years.   She holds a BIur and LLB and is admitted as an advocate of the High Court.  She served for 9 years as prosecutor and 24 years as magistrate.   She acted on various occasions in the Regional Court and High Court. 

She   is currently acting at the South Gauteng High Court where after she will return as acting regional magistrate in Vereeniging Regional Civil- and Divorce Court.  She is actively involved in providing training to magistrates on behalf of the South Africa Judicial Institute for Education (SAJEI) and took part in the updating of the Civil Bench Book for Magistrates.


The Provincial Coordinators

The provinces are represented by Provincial Co-ordinators duly elected at the AGM. They are:

  • Eastern Cape: Nolubabalo Cengani-Mbakaza, Patiswa Mjame
  • Free State: Judge Celeste Reinders, Theresa Monaledi
  • Gauteng: Judge Nomsa Khumalo, Dario Dosio
  • KwaZulu-Natal: Judge Yvonne Mbatha, Zama Nyuswa
  • Limpopo: Mikateko Mabobo, Tumisho Tladi
  • Mpumalanga: Charmaine La Marque, Sheila Lushaba
  • Northern Cape: Judge Mpho Mamosebo, Jan Brits
  • North West: Marionette Kirsten, Tshadi Leshomo
  • Western Cape: Sylvia Mandla, Xoliswa Ndoyana

Board of Directors

  • Khabo Ramoupi
  • Vasta Mhlongo
  • Kgomotso Tshaka
  • Khumo Shongwe