Justice Molemela named President of Supreme Court of Appeal

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Justice Mahube Betty Molemela as President of the Supreme Court of Appeal with effect from June 1,  2023.

The appointment comes after consultation with the Judicial Service Commission and leaders of parties represented in the National Assembly.

Justice Molemela is the first woman to have held the position of Judge President of the Free State Division of the High Court.

The Presidency says she boasts an illustrious judicial career spanning over 15 years, having served as a Judge of the Labour and Labour Appeal Court, Acting Judge of the Competition Appeal Court and Acting Judge of the Constitutional Court for two terms in 2015.

She served as a Judge President of the Free State Division of the High Court for a period of three years before her elevation to the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2018.

Presidency Spokesperson Vincent Magwenya says, “Justice Molemela’s appointment adds impetus to the continuing transformation of key institutions of our democracy, including the judiciary. Justice Molemela is an outstanding jurist who will play a critical role in entrenching justice for all South Africans.”