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Prof Ntlama appointed as Acting High Court Judge

Prof Nomthandazo Ntlama-Makhanya, University of Fort Hare (UFH) Public Law Professor has once again been called up to serve the justice system of South Africa, this after she was appointed as the Acting Judge in the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria from 01 October to 01 December 2023.

As Acting Judge, Prof Ntlama-Makhanya will preside over criminal and civil matters dealing with various issues relating to case management, trials, appeals, opposed and unopposed matters. These areas further touch on the application and interpretation of the various issues of the law.  

The eminent C-3 National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher was previously called up and served in this role at the Durban High Court in 2016 and at the Bhisho High Court in 2017 and again in 2018.

Last year, she was appointed as a Non-Judge Member of the South African Electoral Court by President Cyril Ramaphosa after she was recommended by the South African Judicial Services Commission (JSC). Her five-year term commenced on 01 January 2022.

Commenting on her latest appointment, Prof Ntlama-Makhanya says each of the call-ups as Acting Judge has always been unique as they present the further advancement of professional and personal growth in the integration of the theory of the law with its practical application.

“What also stands out from the call-ups is the recognition that the profession is giving to the legal minds at the Faculty of Law and the University towards the contribution in the development of the jurisprudence of this country.”

“To be called and to serve in this role is a fulfilment of the requisites of the ideals of the University’s Institutional Strategic Plan “Decade of Renewal” that seek to grow the University beyond its rural location to become not only the national player but a global player for the drawing of comparative lessons on the application of foreign law in the international sphere.”

“I must express that this call up presents further insights on the complexities of the law that requires compliance with the minute details of judicial adjudication, especially in South Africa’s contested terrain of the broad judicial enforcement of the law.”

She also emphasized that the appointment was not only a feather for her hat but also for Fort Hare to wear with pride. “The calling thereof is about placing the University as a point of reference and a carriage of the aspirations of the new dawn of democracy in the development of a holistic approach in infusing the theoretical and substantive application of the law towards the recognition of the law as a driver of social change.”