Judge Sisi Khampepe, who read the judgment of the Constitutional Court that sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison, has officially retired after more than 40 years of career.
Monday was Khampepes last Day in her legal career, with Raymond Zondo acting Chief Justice praising her role in the country’s top court on matters affecting women, children and other vulnerable members of society.
Monday was also the last Day at Justice Office Chris Jafta, who is also retired. He was ConCourt judge for 12 years.
Zondo – who is serving as chief judge after the long vacation and subsequent retirement of Justice Minister Mogoeng Mogoeng on Monday – recognized the roles played by Khampepe and Jafta.
“Justice Khampepe’s tenure at the Constitutional Court bench is marked and celebrated as a time when she eloquently developed the case law on the rights of women and children and other vulnerable members of society.
“She will also be remembered for her legal courage and unwavering allegiance to the rule of law. Her last two well-known judgments related to the work of the state committee of inquiry and strengthened the rule of law and the principle of equality before the law .
“She is celebrated by her colleagues and the lawyers” Community as a lawyer with great intellect, uncompromising interest grity and inimitable style. She led and followed with grace, kindness, and diligence. Her quiet but violent strength is sorely missed, but remembered with gratitude and admiration, “said Zondo.
After decades of” generous contributions to South African law and society, “said Zondo, Khampepe is now in able to enjoy her well-deserved retirement with her loving husband and family.
Zondo described her as selfless in her service to the people of SA and the rule of law.
“I wish justice Khampepe all the best in her well-deserved retirement. “
In honor of Jafta, Zondo said he had” made a great contribution to the jurisdiction of this country.
< span> “On behalf of my colleagues at the Constitutional Court and the judiciary as a whole, I thank Judge Jafta for his contribution to the development of our law, for his services to various courts in our country and for his contribution to promoting and protecting the independence of the judiciary.
“I wish him all the best in his retirement.”