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Meet South Africa’s First Female Supreme Court of Appeal President

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced the appointment of Justice Mandisa Maya as the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, May 26,2017.

This makes the 53 year old vibrant Justice,the first woman to occupy the position.

“Her appointment to the position elevates her to the third highest position in the Judicial Branch, after the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic,” Zuma said.

Justice Mandisa Maya
Justice Mandisa Maya

Justice Maya served as the Acting President of the court since last year till her appointment. She had her law degree from the University of Natal in the city of Durban before moving on to get her Masters of Laws at the Duke University in the United States.

She has a long history in the country’s legal arena starting off in 1987-1988 as an Attorney’s clerk with a private firm. She taught law at the University of Transkei at some point before joining the bench as an Acting Judge of the Cape High Court and Mthatha High Court in 1999.

She was appointed full-time judge of the Mthatha High Court a year later. In a space of six years she was a Judge of Appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal, she has also held positions as Acting Judge in Namibia (2008) and Lesotho (2015).

She is married to Dabulamanzi Mlokoti and has three children.


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