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President Ramaphosa announces new appointments to the Supreme Court of Appeal

JOHANNESBURG: On Friday President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the appointment of five (5) judges to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

According to the Presidency the appointments follow(s) recommendations made by the Judicial Service Commission and are in line with prescripts of the Constitution of the Republic.

In terms of the section 174 (6) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, the following judges have been appointed:

1) Justice Daniel Vuminkosi Dlodlo
The 67-year-old father of two has been a judge in the Western Cape High Court since 2004. He has done a number of acting judge stints, including at the labour appeal court, Constitutional Court and SCA. He started off as a court Interpreter in Nqutu Magistrate's Court in 1980.

2) Justice Caroline Elizabeth Heaton Nicholls The 62-year-old mother of three has been a judge in the high court in Johannesburg since 2009. She was most recently an acting judge in the Constitutional Court.

3) Justice Fikile Eunice Mokgohloa The 58-year-old mother of one has been a Deputy Judge President in the Limpopo Division since 2016. She has done two acting judge stints at the SCA between 2017 and 2018.

4) Justice Yvonne Thokozile MbathaMbatha, who was born in Dundee, was a judge in the Kwazulu-Natal division from 2011 until May this year. The 58-year-old was an acting judge at the SCA between 2016 and 2017. This year, she is reading towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Studies.

5) Justice Clive Michael Plasket The 61-year-old father of two from Springs was a lecturer while completing his undergraduate studies. He most recently completed four acting judge stints at the SCA between 2012 and 2019.

The President has also in terms of section 174(3) of the Constitution appointed the Justice Xola Mlungisi Petse as Deputy Judge President of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The President has wished the justices well in their new positions.

“These appointments - of which three are women, reflect government’s commitment to the ongoing transformation of the Bench,” President Ramaphosa said.

Source: GoXtra News 

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