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Justice Mandisa Maya becomes first woman to occupy top SCA post

After consultation with the judicial service commission, President Jacob Zuma made the decision for the existing vacancy.

FILE: Judge Mandisa Maya. Picture: law.ukzn.ac.za

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has appointed honourable Justice Mandisa Maya as the president of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) with immediate effect.

After consultation with the Judicial Service Commission, Zuma made the decision for the existing vacancy.

Maya is the first woman to be appointed to the highest office at the Supreme Court of Appeal since its establishment in 1910.

The Presidency's Bongani Ngqulunga said: “The president said her appointment to the position elevates her the to the third highest position in the judicial branch, after the chief justice and the deputy chief justice of the republic.”

Maya has been at the Supreme Court of Appeal since 2006 and has acted as a judge on the Constitutional Court.

She started her legal career as an attorney’s clerk in 1987 before working in courts in Mthatha and at the Women’s Legal Defense Fund in the US and then becoming a judge.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)