By Kgomotso Ramotsho
President Jacob Zuma has appointed the first woman as President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Justice Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya was appointed by President Zuma in terms of s 174(3) of the Constitution.
Justice Maya’s appointment follows the discharge from active service of Justice Lex Mpati. In a press release the Presidency said President Zuma informed the Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng about his decision to nominate Justice Maya as President of the SCA. According to the Constitution, the President of the SCA is appointed by the President after consultation with the JSC.
Justice Maya was appointed as an acting judge in the High Court in 1999 and fulltime judge the following year. She has acted as a judge at the Labour Court, acting judge at the SCA, and as an acting judge at the Constitutional Court. In 2006 she was appointed judge of the SCA and in 2015 she was appointed the first female Deputy President of the SCA.
Kgomotso Ramotsho Cert Journ (Boston) Cert Photography (Vega) is the news reporter at De Rebus.
This article was first published in De Rebus in 2017 (April) DR 5.