Justice Maya makes Supreme Court history

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has appointed Justice Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya as the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal with immediate effect in an existing vacancy.

Justice Maya is the first woman to be appointed to the highest office at the Supreme Court of Appeal since the establishment of the Court in 1910.

The Presidency on Friday said this appointment was made in terms of section 174 (3) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and after consultation with the Judicial Service Commission.

“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.

“We wish to congratulate her for being the first woman to occupy such a high position in the Judiciary and wish Justice Maya all the best in her new important responsibility of advancing our constitutional democracy,” said President Zuma.

Other judicial appointments

President Zuma has also appointed judges to serve in different courts.

Justice Malesela Francis Legodi has been appointed as Judge President of the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court, with effect from 1 August in an existing vacancy; Justice Lazarus Pule Tlaletsi as Judge President of the Northern Cape Division of High Court with effect from 18 September in an existing vacancy; and Tebogo Jennifer Djaje as a Judge of the North West Division of the High Court with effect from 1 June in an existing vacancy.

“President Zuma has also, in terms of section 153 (4) of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, appointed Daphney Mahosi as a Judge of the Labour Court with effect from 1 July in an existing vacancy, Graham Nasious Moshoana as a Judge of the Labour Court with effect from 31 July in an existing vacancy, and Portia Nkutha-Nkontwana as a Judge of the Labour Court with effect from 31 July 2017 in an existing vacancy.

“We wish the appointed judges all the best in their new responsibilities and we are confident that they will play an essential role in further enhancing our criminal justice system and constitutional democracy,” the Presidency said. - SAnews.gov.za

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