Personal: Judge Kathree Setiloane

Born 19 August 1965, Durban

Husband: Thero Setiloane

No children



Bachelor of Arts, University of Natal, Durban (1988)

Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Natal, Durban (1991)

Master’s in Law (LLM), Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C. (1993) (Fulbright Scholar)

National Bar Examination, Johannesburg Bar – completed pupillage under Gilbert Marcus SC (1996)


Professional History:

Research Assistant, Labour Law Unit, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Natal, Durban (1989)

Research Assistant, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Natal, Durban (1990)

Fellowship, Legal Resources Centre, Durban (1991 – July 1992)

Lecturer: co-taught course on Women and the Law with Professor Karen Czapanskiy; University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, USA (1993)

Election Administrator: Independent Electoral Commission, Northern Cape Provincial Office (March 1994 – May 1994)

Senior Research Fellow, Gender Project, Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape (1994 – 1995)

Lecturer, International Human Rights Law, Department of Public Law, University of the Western Cape (1994 – 1995)

Advocate, Constitutional Litigation Unit, Legal Resources Centre, Johannesburg (1996 – 1997)

Law Clerk to Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, Constitutional Court of South Africa (1995)

Practising Advocate, Johannesburg Bar (1997 – 2006, 2010)

Director, Werksmans Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of Werksmans Attorneys – employed as in-house counsel in the commercial, litigation, and media and communications law departments (October 2006 – January 2010)

Acting Judge, South Gauteng High Court, Johannesburg (1 February 2010 – 30 October 2010)

Judge of the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local, and Provincial Divisions (31 October 2010 –


Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal (1 December 2015 – 31 May 2016)

Acting Justice of the Constitutional Court (June 2017 – 31 December 2017)

Acting Judge of the Competition Appeal Court (2018 – 2022)

Acting Judge of the Labour Appeal Court (variously from 2014 – 2022)

Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal 1 December 2022 – 31 March 2023; 1 April- 31 May 2023; 1 June- 30 November 2023

Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal, 1 Decemeber 2023


Other Activities: 

Honorary Member: Group One Advocate Chambers, Sandton (2016 – present) 

Member of the Board of Directors: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) (2009 – 2020)

Member of the National Library Advisory Committee for Courts (NLAC)  (2013 – 2022)

Member of Faculty of Judges for the Annual Judges Forum (Stellenbosch) hosted by the Democratic Governance Rights Unit (DGRU-UCT) (2015 – 2018)

Faculty Member – Judicial Institute for Africa (JIFA) (UCT) (2017)

Visiting Scholar/Judge in Residence at New York Law School (NYC) (January 2016 – April 2016)

Member of the Executive Committee (EXCO) of Werksmans Attorneys (2008 – 2010)

Guest Lecturer: Advanced Broadcasting Law, LLM Course, Wits University (2007 – 2008)

Alternate Director on the Board of Directors of (2008 – 2009)

Deputy Chair and Member of the Broadcasting Monitoring and Complaints Committee (BMCC) of ICASA(2003 – 2006)

Honorary Secretary, Executive Committee of the General Council of the Bar (2005 – 2006)

Member of the Executive Committee of Duma Nokwe Group, Sandton (2005 – 2006)

Member of Board of Directors of Agenda: Feminist Media Project & Journal (2005 – 2007)

Member of the Johannesburg Bar Council (AFT Representative) (2002 – 2006)

Member of the Editorial Board of the South African Journal of Human Rights (1997 – 2006)

Member of Selection Panel of De Ru Van Oord Scholarship (Free University, Amsterdam) (1997 – 2006)

Member of Executive Committee of Group One Advocate’s Chambers (2003 – 2004)

Assistant Honorary Secretary, General Council of the Bar (2002 – 2004)

Honorary Secretary of the Johannesburg Bar Council (2001)

Guest Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand, Constitutional Law (LLM) (1997 – 2000)

Member of Editorial Board, Agenda, Journal on Women and Gender. Wrote regular column – Judges and Gender (1991 – 1992)

Assistant Honorary Secretary of the Johannesburg Bar Council (1999)


Personal: Justice Makgoka

13 February 1968, Moletši, Polokwane, Limpopo Province

Two children



Matric: Hwiti High School, Limpopo Province
B. Proc (1992) University of the North, Limpopo Province

LLB (2021) University of South Africa


Professional History:

Articles of Clerkship, Pretoria: 1992 - 1993
Practising Attorney, Pretoria: 1994 - 2007
Acting Judge: High Court, Transvaal Provincial Division: 2007
Judge: High Court Gauteng Division: August 2009 - May 2018
Acting Judge: Lesotho High Court, Constitutional Division: April 2015
Acting Judge: Labour Appeal Court: June – November 2015
Acting Judge: Supreme Court of Appeal: June - November 2016
Acting Judge: Supreme Court of Appeal: October 2017 - May 2018

Judge of Appeal: 1 June 2018 to date.

Acting Judge: Constitutional Court: 01 February 2023 - 31 May 2023



Author of the following lecture notes for aspirant and newly appointed judges:

Managing the Unopposed Motion Court, 2014;

National Credit Act: A Practical Approach, 2014;

Managing the Opposed Motion Court, 2016;

Aspects of Constitutional Litigation, 2016 and 

Practical aspects on Judgment Writing, 2020.


Awards and Honours:

Most Inspiring Lecturer, Legal Education and Development, Pretoria Law School, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Certificate of Recognition by Law Society of the Northern Provinces for contribution to Judicial Skills Training for aspirant judges: August 2015.

Certificate of Appreciation by Law Society of South Africa for contribution in the training of candidate attorneys and development of School for Legal Practice in South Africa: September 2015.


Other Activities:

Lecturer: Legal Education and Development (LEAD) Pretoria Law School, 2006 – 2018.

Member: Disciplinary Committee: Law Society of the Northern Provinces: 2006–2007.

Chairperson: Loreto School Parents Association, Queenswood, Pretoria: 2006–2008.

Member: Board of Governors: Loreto School, Queenswood, Pretoria: 2009-2021.

Member and Lecturer: Black Lawyers Association-Legal Education Centre (BLA-LEC): 2010 to date.

Chancellor: Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Diocese of Pretoria: 2012 to date.

Guest Lecturer: Pretoria Society of Advocates on the National Credit Act: 2012–2019.

Lecturer:  Aspirant Judges (Law Society of the Northern Provinces): 2014 - 2018.

Lecturer: Aspirant Judges: South African Judicial Education Institute (SAJEI): 2018 to date.

Member: Editorial Committee of South African Institute of Judicial Education Journal: 2016 to date.

Convener: Research and Publications Committee of the BLA-LEC: 2018 to date.

Member: Judicial Conduct Committee: 2019 to date.

Member: Advisory Board of Judges, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO): 2020 to date

Personal               Judge Rogers
22 October 1958, Cape Town
Wife: Susan Rogers
No children


Matric: Wynberg Boys High School, Cape Town
BA Cum Laude (1982) University of Cape Town
BA Hons, Classics (First Class) (1983) University of Cape Town
LLB Magna Cum Laude (1985) University of Cape Town


Professional History
Articled clerk; Sonnenberg Hoffmann & Galombik, Cape Town: 1986-1987 
Pupillage at the Cape Bar: Jan-July 1988
Advocate at the Cape Bar:1988-2012
Awarded status of senior counsel: 1999
Treasurer, honorary secretary and member of the Cape Bar Council: 1994-1998; 2000-2003
Chairperson of the Cape Bar Council: 2004-2005
Chairperson of tribunals established in terms of s 15K of the Pension Funds Act
Acting Judge; Western Cape High Court: various periods in 2001, 2003, 2009 and 2011
Acting Judge; Labour Court: fourth term 2002
Judge; Western Cape High Court: since 2013
Acting Judge of Appeal; Competition Appeal Court: 2015-2016
Judge of Appeal; Competition Appeal Court: since 2017


Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities
‘The Action of the Disappointed Beneficiary (1986) 103 SALJ 683.
When All Else has Failed: Illegal Strikes, Ultimatums and Mass Dismissals 1991 (12) ILJ 1171 (co-authored with Jeremy Gauntlett)
Silk: Why it should go Advocate (December 2006) 26
High Fees and Dubious Practices Advocate (April 2012) 40

The Ethics of the Hopeless Case Advocate (December 2017) 46.

To Give and to Gain: Judicial involvement in advocacy training SAJEJ Vol 1(1) 2018.

Lawyers in Turmoil: The Johannesburg Conspiracy of 1895 (Stormberg, 2020)
Honorary Judicial Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)


Personal                                  Molefe Daisy Sekao AJA
26 October 1957, Phokeng, Rustenberg, North-West
Husband: Christopher Molefe
Two children


Matric: Moroka High School, Thaba Nchu
B Proc (1982) University of the North
LLB (1984) University of the North


Professional History 

Lecturer; University of the North West: 1984 – 1985

Candidate Attorney; Edward Nathan and Fredland Inc Attorneys: 1986 – 1987

Admitted Attorney; Transvaal High Court: 1987

Founding & Executive Director; Molefe-Dlepu Inc Attorneys: 1988 – 2013

Acting Judge; Free State High Court: 2012

Acting Judge; Gauteng High Court: 2012

Judge; Gauteng High Court: 2013

Acting Judge; Land Claims Court: 2017 - 2020

Acting Judge President; Land Claims: 2019

Acting Judge; Labour Appeal Court: 2021

Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2021 – 30 November 2021; 05 January 2022 - 31 March 2022; 1 June 2022 - 30 September 2022.

Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 December 2022


Other Activities 

Member; Law Society of the Northern Provinces

Member; Black Lawyers Association

Regional Director: Johannesburg Region; Lawyers for Human Rights: 1988 – 1992

Deputy Chairperson; Gauteng Development Appeal Tribunal: 2003 – 2009

Chairperson; Transnet Group Tender Board: 2004 – 2009

Chairperson; Transnet Housing Tender Board: 2004 – 2009

Lecturer; Law Society School of Law

Senior Examiner; Attorneys Admission Examination

Member (Disciplinary Committee); Law Society of Transvaal

Chairperson; Spoornet Commission of Enquiry (into the Fatal Incidents)

Chairperson; Eskom Corporate Formal Investigation Committees (investigating Occupational Health and Safety Act incidents and Department of Labour formal enquiries)

Mediator; Independent Mediation Service of South Africa (IMSSA)

Assessor; Criminal Courts

Chairperson; Appeal Committee of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority


Courses Completed

Risk Management – International Risk Control Academy

Judicial Training Programme



Personal                                 Judge Kgoele

18 June 1964, Baragwanath, JHB, Gauteng Province


Three dependants



Matric   : Alfred Maubane High, Hammanskraal

B Proc  : (1987) Unversity of the North

LLB (2005) UNISA

LLM (2008) UNISA


Professional History

Prosecutor 1988 (Taung Magistrate office)

Magistrate 1991 (Taung Magistrate office)

Magistrate Head of office (Pampierstadt Magistrate office and Ganyesa Magistrate office) 1993-1999

Senior Magistrate (1999) (Upington Magistrate office)

Trainer / Lecturer to Magistrates 2001-2007 (Justice College)

Trainer/Lecturer to Magistrates in Namibia 2006-2007 

Regional Court Magistrate 2007 (Pretoria/Mamelodi Magistrate office)

Acting Judge Mahikeng High Court 2008

Judge of the High Court Mahikeng 2009

Acting Deputy Judge President Mahikeng High Court (30 July 2018 - 21 September 2018)

Judge of the High Court Mpumalanga July 2019 to now

Acting Deputy Judge President Mpumalanga High Court (27 January 2020 - 27 March 2020)

Acting Deputy Judge President Mpumalanga (05 October 2020 - 30 November 2020)

Acting Judge Supreme Court of Appeal 01 December 2020 - 31 March 2021; 1 June 2021 - 30 September 2021; 01 October 2021 - 30 November 2021; 1 June 2022 - 30 September 2022

Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal, 1 December 2023


Publications, Awards, Honours and other Activities

Founder member of the SAC-IAWJ (2004 to date)

Provincial co-ordinator North-West Province of SAC-IAWJ (2010-2014)

President of SAC-IWAJ (two terms) 2014-2018

President of the African Region of the IAWJ- (2015-2017)

Trustee of the SAC- IAWJ Trust 2018 till now

Deputy Chairperson of the Curriculum and Development committee of SAC-IAWJ Trust; (2020)

Member of the Presidential Advisory Council of SAC-IAWJ (2020)

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the SAC-IAWJ Law Journal (2020)

Served as an Assessor in S v Nkuna (Case where the body was not found)- (2005)

Appointed to Investigate merit grievances of Magistrates in Limpopo, Gauteng and KZN (2004-2005)

Served on the Committee that was responsible for the development of the Criminal Court Bench –Books for Magistrates

Served on the Committee that was responsible for the development of the Child Law Manual for Magistrates

Served on the Committee that was responsible for the development of the Customary Marriage Bench Books for Magistrates

Served on the committee that was responsible for the drafting and development of an Ethic Manual for Magistrates

Served on the committee that was responsible for drafting guidelines for Magistrates in Domestic Violence

Served on the Judicial Officers Gender Forum

Awarded a merit award for Excellent Performance as a magistrate on category “A” 1997

Awarded a merit Award on category “B” for the years 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2004





20 March 1964, St Cuthberts, Tsolo, Eastern Cape
Husband: Dabulamanzi Mlokoti
Three children


Matric: St Johns College, Mthatha
B Proc (1986) University of Transkei
LLB (1988) University of Natal, Durban
LLM (1990) Duke University, NC, USA

Professional History:

Attorney’s clerk; Dazana Mafungo Inc, Mthatha: 1987-1988 
Court Interpreter and Prosecutor; Magistrates’ Court, Mthatha: 1988-1989
Legal Policy Counsel & Lobbyist; Women’s Legal Defense Fund, Washington DC
Assistant State Law Adviser; Mthatha: 1991-1993
Pupillage; Johannesburg Bar: 1993
Law Lecturer; University of Transkei: 1993-1995
Practising Advocate; Transkei Bar: 1994-1999
Acting Judge; Cape High Court & Mthatha High Court: 1999
Judge; Mthatha High Court: 2000
Acting Judge; Labour Court, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Bisho High Courts
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Appeal: 2005
Judge of Appeal; Supreme Court of Appeal: 2006
Acting Judge; Constitutional Court, January to May 2011
Acting Judge; Supreme Court of Namibia: 2008; Appeal Court, Lesotho: 2015
Deputy President, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2015
Acting President, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2016 - 22 May 2017

President, Supreme Court of Appeal: June 2017

Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:

Fulbright Scholarship: 1989-1990
Georgetown University Law & Gender Fellowship Program: 1990
Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship: 2002
Chairperson; South African Law Reform Commission: 2013 
Council Member; South African Judicial Education Institute: 2015
Founding Member; South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges and its Deputy President in the 2008 -2010 term
Recipient of the South African Women Lawyers Association History & Icon Programme: 2012
Board Member; South African Journal on Human Rights: 2014 
Member; Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Commissions: 2015 
Patron; Lawyers Against Violence: 2013