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Judge N P Mali

Capacity: Judge
Further appointments: N/A
First appointed as a judge: 01-01-2016

Key judgments: As Acting Judge: (1) AUGUSTINE AND OTHERS V MINISTER OF POLICE (19296/10) [2014] ZAGPPHC 969 (8 DECEMBER 2014) ; (2) AB CC V COMMISSIONER FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE (VAT 1005) [2014] ZATC 4 (9 DECEMBER 2014) 

Gender: Female
Ethnicity: African

April 2021 Interview:

April 2021 Interview Synopsis

A judge of the Mpumalanga High Court with a specialisation in tax affairs, Nelisa Mali is seeking a transfer to the Gauteng High Court for family reasons.

At the intervention of Gauteng Judge President and Economic Freedom Front MP Julius Malema, Mali told the Judicial Service Commission about a judgment which has done away with what she considered the unnecessary inclusion of ill-qualified assessors in adjudicating tax matters. Mali said there was a lacuna in the law with regard to the assessors, who sometimes sought to break the law by seeking to write judgments and that they were, in the main, a “waste of taxpayers money”.

Advocate Dali Mpofu SC asked Mali why qualified black female lawyers like herself were not part of the Davis Tax Committee. She said she did not know the reasons behind it, since she believed this was the prerogative of the ministers of justice and finance.

She did however tell the commission that she got into tax law because she wanted to pursue her first love, accountancy, through the law. Mali recounted how difficult it was to get articles at one of the established law firms which specialised in tax law.