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Judge Thandoluhle Moira Mankge

First appointment: April 2021
Gender: Female
Ethnicity: African

Key judgments:
(1) T v Lekwa Local Municipality (1900/17) [2019] ZAMPMHC 9 (23 October 2019);
(2) S v The State, Unreported Judgment, Case No. R17/2019, Mpumalanga Division, Middleburg
(3) N v Mahlangu And Another, Unreported Judgment, Case No. 3341/18, Mpumalanga High Court, Middleburg

Candidate Bio:
Municipalities have a duty to promote a safe and healthier environment in the municipality, this was the finding in T v Lekwa Municipality, where the municipality was held to be negligent in not fixing the door of a transformer box in question. The plaintiff’s child had been electrocuted after being exposed to live electrical cables from a distribution transformer box belonging to the defendant. Mankge AJ held that the defendant was liable to compensate the plaintiff for damages. She was appointed as an acting judge in 2019 in Mpumalanga Division of the High Court.

Advocate Mankge was a prosecutor for seven years before being appointed as a magistrate for nine years until 2013. She then enrolled in pupillage and was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2015 after which, she started her own law practice.

She holds a B Juris (1996) and LLB (2001) from the University of Zululand, an LLM (2007) from the University of Pretoria, a Postgraduate Certificate in Mining Tax Law (2011) from the University of Witwatersrand (Mandela Institute) and a Certificate in Mining Tax Law (2012) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

April 2021 Interview:

Adv Thandoluhle Moira Mankge’s April 2021 interview for a position on the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court was successful. She was nominated for appointment.