Justice Mandisa Maya wants to pave the way for more women in top judiciary posts

Justice Mandisa Maya is the first woman to be appointed to the highest office at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) since the establishment of the court in 1910.

Maya says her appointment is very crucial for the representation of women, far beyond South Africa's justice system.

The appointment is very important, not just for the judiciary, but for the country as well.

Justice Mandisa Maya, President of the Supreme Court of Appeal

Women constitute at least half of our population and they have the right to be represented at all levels of our institutions.

Justice Mandisa Maya, President of the Supreme Court of Appeal

The Constitution demands a diverse judiciary. The appointment goes a long way towards for fulfilling that imperative.

Justice Mandisa Maya, President of the Supreme Court of Appeal

The justice says not enough women are entering the field and foresees that there will be a lot of work to ensure that leadership positions in the judiciary are filled by women.

Take a listen to her talk about her landmark appointment:

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