Problems for women in judiciary could fill a book‚ says Acting SCA President
Naledi Shange | 2017-04-04 07:41:22.0
Judge Mandisa Maya at the Judicial Service Commission. file photo.
Image by: Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Simphiwe Nkwali
Acting Supreme Court of Appeals President Mandisa Maya on Monday said she “could write a book” about the challenges she faced as a woman in the judiciary.
She was being interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission for a permanent appointment to the post.
Maya revealed that back in 2002‚ when she fell pregnant with her daughter‚ the justice department did not know what to do with her.
At the time‚ she was a High Court judge.
She said she delivered a judgment in a murder case and then opted to have an induced birth in order to have some control over when she could return to work.
Maya‚ however‚ highlighted that such incidents were not common in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) where she was serving because most women working there were over child-bearing age.
Many of the questions posed to Maya by the bench of commissioners related to the role of women within the judiciary as well as the development of women lawyers and judges.
Fifty-three-year-old Maya has been a judge since she was 35.
If Maya succeeds and is appointed as the President of the SCA‚ history will be made‚ as she will be the first woman to hold the position.
She has already made history as the first female Deputy President of the SCA.