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Mr Maake Kganyago


Kganyago has a B.Proc, LLB and LLM. He has held several administrative positions, including Limpopo chairperson of Nadel (2001-04) and national executive committee member of Nadel (2002-09). He was a member of the SARS Tax Appeal Board and currently holds directorships in six companies.

Interview Synopsis


Kganyago got off to a nervy start when Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, in an attempt to settle the candidate, asked him about is Masters in Law dissertation.

“You will excuse me, but I didn’t refresh myself on that,” he stammered before Mogoeng eased him in further by noting that it was on labour law and moved on.

An ANC member, Kganyago said he would resign membership of the party, if appointed. He was quizzed by IFP MP Narend Singh about whether he did not see it as a conflict of interest to have retained his ANC membership while acting. “Ever since I started acting, I have acted impartially,” Kganyago said.

Advocate Ishmael Semenya questioned Kganyago about his experiences of hearing matters on the urgent court roll. He said he had found it “very challenging… The Johburg roll [South Gauteng High Court] was very hectic… But a senior judge said he was very impressed with how I handled it.”