Personal details

Dikgang Moseneke was born in Pretoria in December 1947. He attended primary and secondary school there. But at the age of 15, when in standard eight, Moseneke was arrested, detained and convicted of participating in anti-apartheid activity.

He was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment, all of which he served on Robben Island. Moseneke studied for his matric as well as two degrees while in jail.

Moseneke is married to Kabo and they have a daughter and two sons.


While Moseneke was jailed on Robben Island he obtained a BA in English and political science, as well as a B Iuris degree. He later completed an LLB. All three degrees were conferred by the University of South Africa.

Professional history

Moseneke started his professional career as an attorney’s clerk at Klagbruns Inc in Pretoria in 1976. In 1978 he was admitted and practised for five years as an attorney and partner at the law firm Maluleke, Seriti and Moseneke.

In 1983 he was called to the Bar and practised as an advocate in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Ten years later, in 1993, he was elevated to the status of senior counsel.

In 1993 Moseneke served on the technical committee that drafted the interim constitution of 1993. In 1994 he was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, which conducted the first democratic elections in South Africa.

In September 1994, while practising as a silk, Moseneke accepted an acting appointment to the Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court.

Before his appointment as Justice of the Constitutional Court, in November 2001 Moseneke was appointed a Judge of the High Court in Pretoria. On 29 November 2002 he was appointed as judge in the Constitutional Court Court and in June 2005, Moseneke was appointed Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa.

Other activities

Between 1995 and 2001 Moseneke left the Bar to pursue a full-time corporate career in the following capacities. He has since resigned all these positions:

He is a founder member of the Black Lawyers' Association and of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers of South Africa.

In 1986 Moseneke was appointed visiting fellow and lecturer at Columbia Law School, University of Columbia, New York.

He has served in several community and non-governmental organisations, including as:

Moseneke is the first chancellor of Pretoria Technikon and currently serves as chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Moseneke holds several honorary doctorates and is a recipient of numerous awards of honour, performance and excellence. These include:

In the past 20 years, Moseneke has read numerous papers at law and business conferences, published several academic papers in law journals at home and abroad.

Speeches and Lectures

Final Court Sitting - Moseneke DCJ 20 May 2016

A Jurisprudential Journey from Apartheid to Democratic Constitutionalism

Courage of Principle: An address by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke to mark the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Ruth First

The Hart Memorial Lecture 2012 - Georgetown University Law School

Striking a Balance between the will of the people and the Supremacy of the Constitution

Openning Statements at Special Meting of JSC

VIIth World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law

Tribute to former Chief Justice Langa D.M

Separation of Powers, Democratic Ethos and Judicial Function

NICRO’s contribution to the criminal justice system during the past 97 years

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Speeches and lectures Published on Law Journal

Transformative constitutionalism: its implication for the law of contract’ (2009) 20 Stell LR

Oliver Schreiner memorial lecture: Separation of Power, democratic ethos and judicial function

Retirement of CC Justices-Tribute on behalf of the Constitutional Court of SA

The Fourth Bram Fischer memorial-lecture: transformative adjudication

Attack on the judiciary

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JSC Interviews Curriculum Vitae of Justice narrated version.
JSC interview
JSC interview for the DCJ position