Judge Boissie Mbha reached the very high judicial office of Judge of Appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal, a position of the greatest distinction and stature. This is an outstanding achievement and illustrates that he is widely respected in the legal fraternity. A Judge of Appeal is a clear leader in the field and this honour is bestowed upon a select few among those who have previously reached the career pinnacle of being appointed judges. Judge Mbha is also currently acting as a Justice of the Constitutional Court.

Judge Mbha serves society in the broadest sense through his commitment to constitutional principles and to upholding the rule of law. He has penned important judgments relating to, amongst others, the right to education and the right to work. In addition to the demands of his career, Judge Mbha served in the SANDF reserve force as a Senior Military Judge; was involved in the governance of organised boxing; and still fulfils a leadership role in his church. He is a loyal UJ Law alumnus who is prepared to participate in Faculty activities. He considered pursuing his doctoral studies at the time he got the appointment to the Supreme Court of Appeal and had to relocate to Bloemfontein.

Professional history

Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa: 1987, Acting Judge of the High Court-Pretoria and Johannesburg: October 2003-October 2004, Appointed permanent Judge of the High Court- Johannesburg: October 2004, Acting Judge of Appeal – Supreme Court of Appeal: October 2012 – May 2013, Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal: 2014, and Acting Justice of the Constitutional Court: July 2016.

Other activities

Councillor-Law Society of the Northern Provinces Senior Military Judge- SANDF (Reserve-Force), Chancellor-Ethiopian Episcopal Church, President of the All Sports Council at the University of Fort Hare: 1975, Executive Member and Vice-President (African Region): World Boxing Association Executive Member, and Legal Adviser: South African National Boxing Control Commission.