A judge of the Labour Court for almost ten years, Molahlehi obtained an LLB from Wits University and an LLM from the University of Georgetown in the United States. His career path includes being the executive mayor of the then-West Rand District, a director at the Commission for Conciliation and Mediation and Arbitration and a lecturer at Vista University. He has acted for three terms in the Gauteng division of the high court.
Asked by Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo why he wanted to move from the Labour Court, Judge Molahlehi said he “always wanted to be involved in broader aspects of the law”.
Responding to a question about “judicial accountability” Molahlehi said judges were accountable to the Constitution, the litigants in matters being adjudicated, the judiciary’s hierarchy (from judges president all the way up to the chief justice) and to their colleagues on the Bench.
Asked by commissioner Jomo Nyambi about gender representation in the high courts, Molahlehi said there was still a lot required to ensure proper gender and race representation on the Bench.
He added that he was particularly concerned about the attrition rate of female acting judges leaving the high courts. He suggested that judges president think hard about how to address the “environment” that female judges were finding themselves in.
Asked about the connection between democracy and the rule of law, Molahlehi said the latter was the “cornerstone” of the former.