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President Cyril Ramaphosa Appoints Judges to High Courts

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has made several appointments to various judicial positions. These appointments were made in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission.

The President has appointed Madam Justice Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane and Madam Justice Anna Maleshane Kgoele as Judges of the Supreme Court of Appeal. Their appointments will be effective from 01 December 2023 and will fill existing vacancies within the Court.

In addition, Adv Soraya Khatija Hassim SC, Adv Omphemetse Mooki SC, Adv Jacobus Johannes Strijdom SC, and Adv Brad Christopher Wanless SC have been appointed as Judges of the Gauteng Division of the High Court. Their appointments will be effective from 01 January 2024 and will also fill existing vacancies within the Division.

Furthermore, Prof Mbuzeni Johnson Mathenjwa has been appointed as a Judge of the KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court with effect from 01 November 2023. This appointment will fill an existing vacancy in the Division.

President Ramaphosa has also appointed Justice Mogomotsi Edwin Molahlehi as Deputy Judge President of the Labour and Labour Appeal Courts. This appointment, made in accordance with the Labour Relations Act, 1995, will be effective from 1 November 2023 and will fill an existing vacancy.

To further strengthen the Labour Appeal Court, Madam Justice Madeline Portia Nompi Nkutha-Nkontwana and Madam Justice Katherine Mary Savage have been appointed as Judges of the Court with effect from 01 January 2024. Both appointments will fill existing vacancies within the Court.

In addition, Mr Justice André Johann Van Niekerk has been appointed to a vacant position within the Court, effective from 01 January 2024.

To enhance the capabilities of the Labour Court, Adv Kelsey Allen-Yaman, Mr Reynaud Neil Daniels, and Mr Molatelo Robert Makhura have been appointed as Judges. These appointments, made in accordance with the Labour Relations Act, 1995, will be effective from 1 December 2023 and 01 January 2024, respectively.

These appointments demonstrate President Ramaphosa’s commitment to a fair and efficient judicial system. By appointing highly qualified individuals to these positions, he is ensuring continuity in the administration of justice at all levels and centers of the judiciary.

In a statement, the Presidency expressed its confidence in the newly appointed justices, wishing them success as they undertake their new roles. These appointments are crucial in ensuring that justice is served and the rule of law is upheld in South Africa.



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