I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as the new Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Chief Justice Mogoeng was appointed by Council at its meeting held on 7 August 2017 and will serve as Chancellor for a four-year term of office.
Chief Justice Mogoeng is the fourth Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa. He holds the B Juris and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees from the Universities of Zululand and Natal respectively. He also holds a Master of Law (LLM) degree from the University of South Africa.
The Chief Justice started his professional career as a temporary interpreter and was later appointed as High Court prosecutor from March 1986 to February 1990 in Mafikeng. He did pupillage at the Johannesburg Bar and practised as an Advocate at that Bar from June 1990 until the end of 1991. He left to join the Mafikeng Bar from January 1992 and later served as the Deputy Chairperson of that Bar Association until he was elevated to the Bench. In June 1997 he was appointed a Judge of the North West High Court and in April 2000 a Judge of the Labour Appeal Court. In October 2002, he was then elevated to the position of Judge President of the North West High Court.
He was appointed to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa in 2009 and subsequently elevated to the position of Chief Justice in September 2011. He also chairs the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), South African Judicial Education Institute (SAJEI) Council and National Efficiency Enhancement Committee (NEEC).
He is also one of the Vice Presidents of Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA).
Council is honoured to have Chief Justice Mogoeng as the University’s Chancellor and looks forward to interacting with him in this critical role.
Dr Vukile Mehana
Chair of Council