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Indian-origin judge appointed to South Africa’s highest judicial bench

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Indian origin, Narandran ‘Jody’ Kollapen has been appointed to South Africa’s highest judicial bench, the Constitutional Court. The appointment of 64-year-old Kollapen & Rammaka Steven Mathopo as the latest additions to the Constitutional Court after a lengthy process of public interviews. Both will take office from January 1, 2022. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the appointment of Rammaka Steven Mathopo and Kollapen to the Constitutional Court after lengthy public interviews.

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About the Kollapen:

Kollapen started his legal practice in 1982 and used to take up public interest cases. The Presidency said that the new appointees have an illustrious career in the judiciary and the legal profession. After becoming the National Director of Lawyers for Human Rights in 1995, he became the Commissioner of the South African Human rights Commission in 1997 and was a part of the Commission till 2009. Since then, Kollapen has worked with numerous NGOs and organizations and has spoken about Human Rights in universities like Harvard and also at the United Nations.

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