The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is pleased to welcome Dikgang Moseneke, Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, as a Visiting Scholar. His visit for the next month comes on the heels of a visit by his colleague South African Justice Edwin Cameron, who visited UM Carey Law last month.
During his visit to UM Carey Law, Justice Moseneke will meet with faculty and students, participate in various faculty workshops and roundtables. He will also deliver a public lecture entitled, "Can an Equitable Balance Be Struck Between the Democratic Will of the People and the Supremacy of the Constitution: A South African Conundrum, " on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Ceremonial Moot Court Room.
Justice Moseneke was born in 1947 in Pretoria, where he attended primary and secondary school. 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. While imprisoned, Moseneke studied for his matric as well as two degrees.
Justice Moseneke started his professional career as an attorney's clerk at Klagbruns Inc. in Pretoria in 1976. Two years later, he was admitted and practiced 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 practiced 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 practicing as a silk, Moseneke accepted an acting appointment to the Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court.
Between 1995 and 2001 Moseneke left the Bar to pursue a full-time corporate career, serving in a number of capacities, including chairperson, Telkom South Africa Limited; chief executive, New Africa Investments Ltd.; director, New Africa Publications (Pty) Ltd.; chairperson, Car Rental (Pty) Ltd (Hertz), among other executive appointment.
In November 2001, Moseneke was appointed a judge of the High Court in Pretoria. One year later, he was appointed as a Justice in the Constitutional Court, and in June 2005, Moseneke was appointed Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa.
Justice Moseneke is a founding member of the Black Lawyers' Association and of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers of South Africa. He has served in several community and non-governmental organizations, including as chairperson of Project Literacy for more than 10 years; trustee of Sowetan Nation Building; and deputy chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.
In the past 20 years, Justice Moseneke has delivered numerous papers at law and business conferences and he has published several academic papers in law journals at home and abroad. He holds several honorary doctorates and is a recipient of numerous awards of honor, performance and excellence, including the KWV Award of Excellence; the Unisa School of Business Leadership Excellence Award (1997); the Black Management Forum Empowerment Award (1998); the International Trial Lawyer of the Year Award (from the International Academy of Trial Lawyers) (2000); and the Soweto Achiever Award (2002).
Justice Moseneke is married to Kabo and they are the proud parents of a daughter and two sons.