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Judges Jody Kollapen and Steven Mathopo appointed to Constitutional Court

16/12/2021 In the recent Constitutional Court judgment Thubakgale v Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Majiedt J opined at the lack of progress South Africa has made to realise the socio-economic rights of people in South Africa, such as the right to housing, healthcare and education. (Photo: Shiraaz Mohamed)

The appointments take effect on 1 January 2022 and follows the formal submission made by the Department of Justice to the presidency on 21 December, of the department's recommendations.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the appointment of “Judge Narandran ‘Jody’ Kollapen and Rammaka Steven Mathopo as Judges of the Constitutional Court with effect from 1 January 2022.”

Making the announcement, the presidency noted that Ramaphosa “thanks Acting Chief Justice Zondo and leaders of parties for their valuable inputs on all the candidates on the list submitted by the Judicial Service Commission to the President… Justices Kollapen and Mathopo have illustrious careers in the legal profession and the Judiciary.”

Kollapen has been a Chair of the South African Human Rights Commission and is a Judge and acting Justice of the Constitutional Court, since 2017. He has a long history of human rights activism.

Mathopo, a Gauteng Judge since 2005,  has also been an acting Justice of the Constitutional Court.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) had given the president a list of five nominated candidates at the end of October, which included Justice B Molemela, Justice R Mathopo, Justice F Kathree-Setiloane, Justice J Kollapen and Justice B Valley.

The process of finalising the appointments was officially concluded on 21 December when the president received the formal submission from the Justice Department in relation to the JSC’s recommendation. DM


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