19 November 1961, Kokstad, Eastern Cape
Spouse: Alan Dodson
Three sons
Matric: Umtata (now Mthatha) High School
BA: University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
LLB: University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
Master of Laws (LL M): University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


Professional History
Candidate Attorney Balsillie, Watermeyer and Cawood, Cape Town (1985,1986)

Admitted as an attorney (1986)

Master of Laws, Cambridge (1987-1988 

Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town (1988 -1991)

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town (1991-1995)

Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand (1996 -1999)

Associate Professor, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand (1999)

Assistant Dean, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand (1999)

Admission as Advocate of the High Court (2001)

Senior State Advocate, Asset Forfeiture Unit, NPA (1999-2001)

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Asset Forfeiture Unit, NPA (2001-2003)

Regional Head (Johannesburg), Asset Forfeiture Unit, NPA (2003 - July 2006)

Pupillage, Johannesburg Society of Advocates (2006)

Practising member of the Johannesburg Bar, Island Group of Advocates, and Thulamela Chambers (2006 - December 2015)

Director, Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Wits (2008 - 2011) 

Acting Judge, Gauteng Division, Pretoria (Oct to Nov 2013; April 2014 to May 2014)  

Acting Judge, Gauteng Local Division of the High Court, Johannesburg (Oct 2014 to Nov 2014; June 2015; July 2015 to Aug 2015 )

Permanent Judge, Gauteng Division of the High Court (January 2016 to present) 

Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: 11 July 2023 – 30 November 2023, 1 December 2023-31 March 2024



  • ‘The Trespass Act’ in C Murray and C O' Regan (eds) No Place to Rest: Forced Removals and the Law in South Africa (Oxford University Press, 1990
  • ‘Children and the Legal System: An Overview of Issues Raised by Contributor’ (Chapter 1) in Childrens Rights (Juta, 1996)
  • ‘The Beginning and End of Legal Personality' (Chapter 2) in Bobergs Law of Persons and the Family (Juta, August 1999)
  • ‘Citizenship' (Chapter 5) in Boberg’s Law of Persons and the Family (Juta, August 1999)
  • ‘Accountability for Wrongdoing' (Chapter 23) in Bobergs Law of Persons and the Family (Juta, August 1999)
  • ‘The Law of Succession, Trusts and the Administration of Estates’ Annual Survey of South African Law, Juta, 1997-2007
  • ‘Executive Cat and Mouse: the Paul Setlaba Case'(1989) 5 SAJHR 229
  • ‘Mob Violence and Judicial Discretion in Sentencing ‘(1990) 6 SAJHR 296
  • ‘Hangings in Southern Africa: The Last Ten Years (1991) 7 SAJHR 347
  • ‘International Human Rights Norms in a New South Africa’ (1992) 8 SAJHR 171
  • ‘Political Offences and Indemnity in South Africa’ (1993) 9 SAJHR 334‘Torture & Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in the UN Convention Against Torture & Other Instruments of International Law: Recent Developments in SA’ (1995) 11 SAJHR 334
  • ‘Public International Law and the Final Constitution’ (1996) 12 SAJHR 405‘The Child’s Right to Nationality and the Acquisition of Citizenship in South African Law’ (1998) 14 SAJHR 411
  • ‘The Impact of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act on an Owner’s Right to Vindicate Immovable Property (1999) 15 SAJHR 277
  • ‘The Challenges of Litigating Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa’ [2011] N Z L Rev 295
  • ‘Fat Cats, Slim Pickings: an Examination of Corporate Corruption and the Efficacy of Existing Countermeasures in South Africa’ JCLS VOL.11 PART2 343

Honours and Awards: 

LL B awarded summa cum laude (1984)

LL M awarded in the First Class (1988) Sir William McNair Prize for best LLM student in Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1988)

Attorneys Notaries and Fidelity Guarantee Fund Bursary for Overseas Study (1987)


Other activities

Member of the South African Chapter of the International Association of Women’s Judges (current)

Trainer in Trial Advocacy Programme for the Johannesburg Bar (current)

Training input for Pupils for PABASA and Johannesburg Bar (2021)

Mediation training for South African Judiciary, Utah, United States of America, (November 2019)