President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed two new judges to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) after consultation with leaders of the parties in the National Assembly and the Chief Justice of South Africa, Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng, the presidency said in a statement on Wednesday

Judge Zukisa Laura Lumka Tshiqi and Judge Stevan Arnold Majiedt were appointed to the ConCourt effective from 1 October 2019, the statement said.

Ramaphosa made the appointments from a list of five nominees prepared and submitted by the Judicial Services Commission. The Commission conducted interviews in April 2019 following the discharge from active service of former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Justice Bess Nkabinde.

Ramaphosa said he was confident that justices Tshiqi and Majiedt would make a significant contribution to jurisprudence in the country’s highest court, which had served the nation with distinction throughout the democratic dispensation.

Judge Tshiqi

58-Year-old Tshiqi holds a B Proc degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law and started her career as a legal co-ordinator at the South African Council of Churches from 1986 to 1989.

She served her articles from 1989 to 1991 and practised as an attorney until her appointment in 2005 as a Judge of the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Johannesburg.

She also has extensive experience in her field serving as a mediator, facilitator and arbitrator under the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa (IMSSA), and at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), as well as a mediator in the Land Claims Commission.

She acted at the Competition Appeal Court from 2007 to 2009. She was later appointed at the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2009. She had an acting stint at the Constitutional Court from November 2014 to May 2015.

Judge Majiedt

Majiedt, 58, has BA Law and LLB degrees from the University of the Western Cape. He was admitted as an advocate in 1984 and in 1995 was appointed as a Chief Provincial State Law Adviser in the Northern Cape Office of the Premier from 1996 to 1999.

In January 2000, Majiedt returned to private practice as an advocate and this culminated in his appointment as an Acting Judge of the Northern Cape Division of the High Court. It was during that year that he was appointed as a permanent Judge of the Northern Cape Division of the High Court.

In December 2010, Majiedt was appointed as a permanent Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal. Majiedt acted at the Constitutional Court from February to May 2014.

He also served as a member of the National Association of the Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) from 1986 to 2000. He is the chairperson of the Rules Board for the Courts of Law and a council member of the South African Judicial Education Institute (SAJEI). He is also the Chancellor of the Sol Plaatje University.

Author: ANA Newswire