South Africa appoints first female Supreme Court president

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South Africa has appointed its first female Supreme Court, the third highest position in the Judiciary, comes after the Chief Justice and the Deputy Chief Justice.

Justice Mandisa Maya becomes the first woman to hold the position of the President the Supreme Court of Appeal since its establishment in 1910 in South Africa, reports EWN.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Justice Maya for being the first woman to occupy the high position in the Judiciary.

“Her appointment to the position elevates her to the third highest position in the Judicial Branch‚ after the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic. We wish to congratulate her for being the first woman to occupy such a high position in the Judiciary and wish Justice Maya all the best in her new important responsibility of advancing our constitutional democracy‚” said President Zuma.

Justice Maya has been a Supreme Court judge in Namibia, a Court of Appeal judge in Lesotho and just before her appointment she was the acting president of the Supreme Court.

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