Bernard Ngoepe grew up in a small rural village in the area around Pietersburg, spending his early days tending the family’s sheep and cattle in the fields.
Ngoepe was awarded his first degree in 1973, a BIuris from the University of the North. He continued his studies, through Unisa, while serving his articles as a candidate attorney, and obtained an LLB degree in 1977.
After completion of his articles and obtaining his LLB degree, Ngoepe practiced as an attorney for seven years. In 1983 he was admitted as an Advocate of what is now the High Court of South Africa. He practiced as such for twelve years becoming senior counsel in 1994. In 1995 was appointed a Judge of the Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court of South Africa. Also in 1995, he served a term as an Acting Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and two terms, in 1998, as an Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. In 1999 he was appointed Judge President of the Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court of South Africa. In 2001 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of South Africa (Unisa).
- Appointed member of the Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
- Chairperson of the Magistrate’s Commission.
- Member of the Judicial Service Commission.
- Appointed Honorary Captain of the South African Navy.
- Appointed Honorary Professor, University of Limpopo.
- Appointed Judge of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Born Qingana 11 January 1961, Eastern Cape Three children.
B Proc (Wits University)
Advanced Diploma in Labour Law (RAU University)
Tshiqi-Zebediela Inc- Managing Partner (1994 – 2005)
Black Lawyers Association - Litigation Officer (1992 – 1994)
Matlala Attorneys – Professional Assistant (1991 – 1992)
Neluheni Attorneys – Articles of Clerkship (1989 – 1991)
South African Council of Churches – Legal Co-ordinator (1986 – 1989)
Judge – Supreme Court of Appeal (November 2009)
Acting Judge – Supreme Court of Appeal (April 2009 – November 2009)
Acting Judge – Competition Appeal Court (2007 – 2009)
Judge of the High Court of (South Gauteng High Court) (2005 – 2009)
Acting Judge of the High Court and the Labour Appeal Court (2003 – 2004)
Other fields of Specialisation
(1994 – 2005) Senior Commissioner - CCMA and Bargaining Councils; Medunsa – Long Distance Part-Time Lecturer in Labour Law - IMSSA, Tokiso – Mediator, Arbitrator, Trainer and Chairing Disciplinary Hearings
Sydney Kentridge was born in Johannesburg in 1922 and matriculated in 1938 at the King Edward VII High School. He married Felicia Geffen in 1952. They have two daughters, two sons, two granddaughters and two grandsons.
In 1941 he obtained the BA-degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. After his war service (1942 - 1946) he attended Exeter College, Oxford on an ex-serviceman's grant, where he took first class honours in jurisprudence. He was also made an Honorary Fellow of this College. Kentridge was furthermore awarded an honorary LL.D by the Universities of Cape Town, Natal, Leicester (England) and Seton Mall (New Jersey, USA). In 1973 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School.
In 1949 Kentridge was admitted to the Johannesburg Bar and in 1965 he was appointed Senior Counsel. He served as Chairman of the Johannesburg Bar Council in 1972. In his early days at the Bar he appeared in several cases of historical and political significance, including cases for the Garment Workers' Union and its Secretary, E S "Solly" Sachs. He furthermore appeared as counsel at the inquiry into the shooting at Sharpeville, 1961, and for the family of Steve Biko at the inquest into his death. He also appeared for Stella Madzimabuto in both the then Rhodesia and the Privy Council in her challenge to the legality of the Smith regime.
Five years later he was called to the English Bar, and in 1984 he was appointed Queen's Counsel. He was an elected Bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 1986. In England Kentridge represented the English Bar in Court and acted for the British Government (in the litigation on the Maastricht Treaty) and against it (in litigation citing the Home Secretary for contempt of Court). He also appeared for William Shakespeare (in an action disputing his authorship, Middle Temple Hall 1968) and for the government of His Majesty George III (in trial for treason of George Washington, Lincoln's Inn, 1990).
From 1981 - 1986 he served as Judge of Appeal in Botswana and from 1988 - 1992 he was Judge of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey.
Kentridge delivered the Roberts Lecture, University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and the first John Foster Memorial Lecture, London University, 1986 (both on civil rights in South Africa).
8 July 1950
Matric: Durban High School
B Com (1970) University of Natal
LLB (Cum Laude) (1972) University of Natal
Ph D (2010) University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Advocate, Natal Bar: June 1973 – 31 December 2008
Senior Counsel: 3 December 1985
Chair, Natal Bar: 1991 – 1993
Acting Judge: 1 – 31 March 1987; 31 August – 4 September 1987; 1 – 28 February 1988; 4 – 29 June 1990; 18 – 19 July 2002; 20 – 21 July 2003; 22 – 23 July 2004; 12 July 2005; 20 July 2006; 3 – 30 March 2008; and 21 – 23 July 2008
Acting Judge, Labour Court: 14 February – 10 March 2000
Judge of the High Court: 1 January 2009
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2009 – 30 November 2009
Acting Judge, Competition Appeal Court: 2010 – 2011
Judge, Labour Appeal Court: 2010 – 2011
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 1 June 2011 to date
Acting Justice of the Constitutional Court: 01 July 2015- 30 September 2015
Publications, Awards, Honours and Other Activities:
Vice-Chair, General Council of the Bar: 1993 – 1994
Chair, General Council of the Bar: 1994 – 1997
Co-Chair, Barristers and Advocates Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA): 1998-2002
Vice-Chair, Bar Issues Commission of the IBA: 2004 – 2006
Various offices in IBA structures: 1994 – 2009
Author Labour and Employment Law (looseleaf); The Associated Ship and South African Admiralty Jurisdiction Articles in various legal journals
Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, UKZN: 2011 to date
Honorary Vice-President, General Council of the Bar
Honorary Member, Australian Bar Association: 2003
Fellow of the International Academy for Trial Advocates: 1999 – 2007
Honorary Bencher, King’s Inn, Dublin 2013
Honorary Professor, University Free State 2015 to date
- Born: 18 December 1960, Kenhardt, Northern Cape.
- Married to Rowena Mandy (born Smith), a businesswoman.
- One child, Corinne Mandy, 27 years old.
- BA (Law) (1981) University of the Western Cape.
- LL.B (1983) University of the Western Cape.
- Advocate, Cape Bar (1984-1996).
- Chief State Law Adviser, Northern Cape Province in the Office of the Premier (1997 - 1999).
- Advocate, Northern Cape Society of Advocates (2000).
- Judge of the High Court, Northern Cape Division, Kimberley (May 2000 - November 2010).
- Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal, Bloemfontein (1 December 2010 - present).
- Deputy Chairperson of the Rules Board for Courts of Law.
- Council Member, South African Judicial Education Institute (SAJEI).
- Council Member, Hugo de Groot Society, University of Pretoria.