President Jacob Zuma has appointed Justice Madisa Maya as the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the president’s office said on Friday, making her the first woman to occupy the position.

“Her appointment to the position elevates her to the third highest position in the Judicial Branch, after the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic,” President Zuma said.

President Zuma also announced the appointment of judges to serve in different courts.

The following judges have been appointed:

(i) The Honourable Mr Justice Malesela Francis Legodi as Judge President of the Mpumalanga Division of High Court, with effect from 01 August 2017 in an existing vacancy,

(ii) The Honourable Mr Justice Lazarus Pule Tlaletsi as Judge President of the Northern Cape Division of High Court with effect from 18 September 2017 in an existing vacancy, and

(iii) Ms Tebogo Jennifer Djaje as a Judge of the North West Division of the High Court with effect from 01 June 2017 in an existing vacancy.

President Zuma has also appointed:

(i) Ms Daphney Mahosi as a Judge of the Labour Court with effect from 01 July 2017 in an existing vacancy,

(ii) Mr Graham Nasious Moshoana as a Judge of the Labour Court with effect from 31 July 2017 in an existing vacancy, and

(iii) Ms Portia Nkutha-Nkontwana as a Judge of the Labour Court with effect from 31 July 2017 in an existing vacancy.

“We wish the appointed judges all the best in their new responsibilities and we are confident that they will play an essential role in further enhancing our criminal justice system and constitutional democracy,” President Zuma said.