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If former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke had his way, the judiciary would be stripped down to the bare minimum and all the bells and whistles of “My Lord” and “My Lady ” would be disposed of.

A humble man with a quirky sense of humour, for him it has always been about the law and doing what is right, as highlighted in his new book, All Rise — A Judicial Memoir.

Nelson Mandela University ’ s law faculty hosted Moseneke via a webinar yesterday to discuss the release of his second judicial memoir.

Born in Pretoria, Moseneke joined the PAC at the age of 14.

The next year he was arrested for his participation in antiapartheid activity and imprisoned at Robben Island, where he had 10 years alongside the likes of former president Nelson Mandela.

He jokes that while judges are constantly trained to distance themselves from their past, he will always be known as an ex-con.

“We are trained to respect our past but never to let it define us,” he said.

All Rise — A Judicial Memoir offers a unique, insider’s view of how the judicial system operates at its best and how it responds when it is under fire...

This article appeared in The Herald (South Africa) on 22 October 2020, written by Kathryn Kimberley

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