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Honouring the Trailblazer: Justice Yvonne Mokgoro Remembered in Ceremonial Sitting

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Honouring the Trailblazer: Justice Yvonne Mokgoro Remembered in Ceremonial Sitting


Justice Yvonne Mokgoro

By Thabo Mosia – A special ceremonial sitting was held in honour of the late Justice Yvonne Mokgoro this morning at the Constitutional Court. The gathering was a convergence of prominent figures in South Africa’s legal and political landscape, reflecting the indelible mark Justice Mokgoro left on the nation.

Honouring the Trailblazer: Justice Yvonne Mokgoro Remembered in Ceremonial Sitting
Honouring the Trailblazer: Justice Yvonne Mokgoro Remembered in Ceremonial Sitting. Constitutional court

A Distinguished Gathering

The ceremonial sitting saw attendance from the Mokgoro family, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Justices of the Constitutional Court, and several other esteemed guests including the National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Shamila Batohi, Judge President of the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court Judge Segopotje Mphahlele, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Mr. John Jeffrey, and Acting Speaker of the National Assembly Lesecha Chenoli.

Honouring the Trailblazer: Justice Yvonne Mokgoro Remembered in Ceremonial Sitting
Honouring the Trailblazer: Justice Yvonne Mokgoro Remembered in Ceremonial Sitting

Celebrating a Legal Giant

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo lauded Justice Mokgoro as a “pathfinder,” mentioning the critical groundwork she and her peers laid for future justices of the Constitutional Court. His heartfelt tribute underscored her pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment to justice.

Mvuzo Notyesi from NADEL spoke passionately about Justice Mokgoro’s role in shaping South African law. He hailed her as a legal giant devoted to upholding justice and the rule of law. Advocate Shamila Batohi echoed these sentiments, praising Mokgoro for breaking barriers and paving the way for black women in the legal field.

A Beacon of Hope for Women

Judge President Segopotje Mphahlele called Justice Mokgoro a beacon of hope for women and young girls, recognising her as a trailblazer who set an excellent example for future generations. Being the first black woman to serve on the Constitutional Court, Mokgoro’s journey is inspirational for many aspiring female jurists.

Deputy Minister John Jeffrey emphasized Justice Mokgoro’s embodiment of the values of ubuntu through her kindness. He remembered her as a champion of the Constitution, a pioneer, and a trailblazer whose legacy extends well beyond her legal rulings.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Tribute

The honouring continued with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s eulogy at her Special Official Funeral, held at Bryanston Catholic Church in Johannesburg. Reflecting on her illustrious career, President Ramaphosa described her as “a champion of human rights, an outstanding jurist, and an icon of gender justice.” Mokgoro’s long-standing commitment to legal service, inspired by anti-apartheid activist Robert Sobukwe, was highlighted as a testament to her perseverance and dedication.

“She sought to carve a path for herself at a time when the odds were heavily stacked against women, and against black women in particular,” President Ramaphosa said. He further emphasized her contributions to gender justice, a cause she fervently championed throughout her career.

Legacy of Social Justice

Justice Mokgoro’s contributions extended beyond South African shores, notably serving as chair of the United Nations Internal Justice Council and the Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law-Enforcement. President Ramaphosa proudly acknowledged her work in these international forums as a reflection of South Africa’s esteemed position in global human rights advocacy.

A Lasting Inspiration

Addressing her family, President Ramaphosa offered solace, reinforcing that her life and work will continue to inspire and guide future generations. “May we all, in reflecting on her legacy, be reminded of our duty to help build a South Africa of true equality, of freedom, and of human rights,” he said

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