| Choose Dhaya Pillay to function appearing justice within the ConCourt – UFS

  • Choose Dhaya Pillay is at the moment appearing as justice within the Constitutional Courtroom. 
  • She is going to serve in that place for the primary two phrases of 2021. 
  • She may even be vying for one place on the Constitutional Courtroom bench this month.  

Choose Dhaya Pillay, who has been shortlisted by the Judicial Service Fee (JSC) for a Constitutional Courtroom emptiness, has been appointed as appearing justice in the identical courtroom. 

In accordance with a College of Free State (UFS) assertion on Wednesday, Pillay will serve for the primary two phrases of 2021.

Pillay is a professor within the Free State Centre for Human Rights at UFS’ school of Regulation. She was nominated for a Constitutional Courtroom put up by the Free State Centre for Human Rights.

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The JSC will interview candidates for vacancies in various superior courts from next week.  

Pillay joined the Constitutional Courtroom from her KwaZulu-Natal Excessive Courtroom place, the place she has served since 2009. She has additionally served for an appearing time period within the Supreme Courtroom of Attraction and was a choose within the Labour Courtroom.

The choose joined the Free State Centre for Human Rights as Extraordinary Professor in December 2020.

A few of her high-profile instances embrace ruling in favour of former minister Derek Hanekom in a defamation case introduced in opposition to former president Jacob Zuma.  


She additionally made headlines after issuing a warrant of arrest for the previous president after he failed to seem in courtroom.

On the time, the choose was not glad with the “sick be aware” Zuma’s attorneys produced as proof of his alleged ill-health.  

In accordance with Judges Matter, Pillay is an skilled in labour issues and one of many Labour Relations Act drafters.  

The college stated in its assertion that Pillay had “devoted her skilled life to the pursuit of transformation by way of regulation and has a wealth of expertise as a defender of human rights”.

“As lawyer in apartheid South Africa within the Eighties, she centered her work on helping political detainees through the states of emergency, in addition to different politically associated instances. 

“She was a choose of the Labour Courtroom from 2000 to 2010, after which she was appointed to the KwaZulu-Natal Excessive Courtroom, the place she nonetheless serves. She has served as choose within the Supreme Courtroom of Attraction and is a commissioner of the Impartial Electoral Fee.”

Pillay obtained her doctorate in regulation from the College of Pretoria in April 2020. The college stated Pillay is at the moment changing her thesis right into a guide, which is to be revealed in direction of the tip of 2021.