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South Africa appoints first woman to head supreme court of appeal

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has appointed Mandisa Maya as President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, making her the first woman to occupy such position.

Zuma said in statement released on Frdiay that “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.”

Maya replaces Mr. Justice Khayelihle Mthiyane following her recommend ation to Zuma by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on April 4.

Justice Maya has almost thirty years’ experience in the legal profession, after she began her career as an attorney’s clerk at a law firm in uMthatha in 1987.

She then went on to work as a court interpreter, prosecutor and assistant state law adviser in uMthatha.

She served her pupillage at the Johannesburg Bar and practised as an advocate between 1993 to 1995.

She was appointed an acting judge of the High Court in 1999 and a fulltime judge the following year. She has acted as a judge at the Labour Court, an acting judge in the Supreme Court of Appeal, and as an acting judge at the Constitutional Court.

Maya who was appointed a judge at the Supreme Court of Appeal in  2006 has three university degrees: B.Proc from the University of Transkei, LLB from the University of Natal, and LLM from Duke University in the United States where she was a Fulbright scholar.


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