Born: 19 July 1960, New Castle, KZN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Secondary Education, Inkamana High School, Vryheid (1974-1976) and St. Francis College, Mariannhill (1977-1978)   

B Proc (1979), University of Zululand

Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal (2021).


Professional History:

Admitted as Attorney (after serving articles at Messrs. Botha, du Toit & Saville): 28 April 1987.

Practiced as an Attorney in Newcastle (as YT Mbatha Partners Inc.): 1978-2011.

Acted Judge, High Court, Pietermaritzburg: 2005-2006 and 2010-2011.

Judge KwaZulu-Natal Division Elevated: 1 June 2011 - 31 May 2019.

Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 Dec 2016 - 30 Nov 2017.

Appointed Judge Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2019.

Acting Judge; Constitutional Court: 1 August 2022 – 31 December 2022.


Publications, Awards, Honours, and Other Activities:

Served as councilor of the KZN Law Society and as well as erstwhile Vice-President: 2005-2010

Served in various committees of the Law Society of South Africa: Gender, Intellectual Property, and Insolvency: 2005-2010

Awarded a Certificate of Good Service by the Law Society of South Africa: in 2016

Board member of the Attorneys Insurance Indemnity Fund (AIIF): 2010-2012

Served as Executive member of Northern Natal Legal Circle, the Black Lawyers Association (BLA) & Chairperson of BLA Northern Natal Branch: 1992-2010

Served as Board member of the Legal Aid Board under the Chairmanship of Justice Navsa & Judge President Mlambo: 1998-2004

Member of the South African Black Women Lawyers Association  (SABWLA): 2006-2007

Served as a member of the Electoral Court during the 1994 elections: 1994

Commissioner Small Claims Court: 1998-2003

Chairperson Uthukela Water Board appointed by the Registrar of Companies: 2006

Legal advisor to the Newcastle Municipality: 2005-2010

Article published in the SAC-IAWJ Law Journal 2023: 'To video-link or not to video-link? Safeguarding vulnerable persons' right of access to courts in civil matters 


Member of the International Association of Women Judges S.A. Chapter (I.A.W.J.-SAC): 2017

Appointed Provincial Co-ordinator for KwaZulu-Natal Province for (I.A.W.J.-SAC): 2018

Community Service

Board member of St. Anthony’s Children’s Home, Blaauwbosch, Newcastle: 2005-2010

Mentor of various high schools in Memel and Newcastle, KZN: 2003-2009

Chairperson of the Board of Blaauwbosch Rosary Clinic: 1992-2010

Chairperson of the Blaauwbosch Development Community: 1992-2010

Trustee of Eyethu Educational Trust, Memel: 2002-2010

Awarded a certificate of recognition for distinguished service to the community by the Newcastle Municipality: in 2016

Provincial Coordinator, KZN - IAWJ- South African Chapter 2018-2020.