South Africa president names first woman as deputy chief justice

By Rene Vollgraaff
Jul 25, 2022, 5:08 AM – Updated on Jul 25, 2022, 5:08 AM

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Mandisa Maya as the country’s first permanent female deputy chief justice after skipping her for the top job at the Constitutional Court. 

Maya’s appointment will take effect on Sept. 1, the Presidency said in a statement on Monday. She was also the first female president of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal. 


President @CyrilRamaphosa has appointed Madam Justice Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya, current President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, as Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa with effect from 1 September 2022.— Presidency | South Africa (@PresidencyZA) July 25, 2022

Ramaphosa nominated Maya as deputy chief justice in March after he named Raymond Zondo to head the Johannesburg-based top court. That ignored a recommendation by the Judicial Service Commission, whose members include lawyers, judges and representatives of political parties, to appoint Maya.

Maya’s appointment means four of the highest court’s 10 justices are women. Bess Nkabinde, who is now retired, was acting deputy chief justice from May 2016 until June 2017. 

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