All Rise: A Judicial Memoir

All Rise: A Judicial Memoir

by Dikgang Moseneke


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Law as a profession was not Dikgang Moseneke's first choice. As a small boy he told his aunt that he wanted to be a traffic officer, but life had other plans for him. At the young age of 15, he was imprisoned for participating in anti-apartheid activities. During his ten years of incarceration, he completed his schooling by correspondence and earned two university degrees. Afterwards he studied law at the University of South Africa.

Practising law during apartheid South Africa brought with it unique challenges, especially to professionals of colour, within a fraught political climate. After some years in general legal practice and at the Bar, and a brief segue into business, Moseneke was persuaded that he would best serve the country's young democracy by taking judicial office.

All Rise covers his years on the bench, with particular focus on his 15-year term as a judge at South Africa's apex court, the Constitutional Court, including as the deputy chief justice. As a member of the team that drafted the interim Constitution, Moseneke was well placed to become one of the guardians of its final form. His insights into the Constitutional Court's structures, the personalities peopling it, the values it embodies, the human dramas that shook it and the cases that were brought to it make for fascinating reading.

All Rise offers a unique, insider's view of how the judicial system operates at its best and how it responds when it is under fire. From the Constitutional Court of Arthur Chaskalson to the Mogoeng Mogoeng era, Moseneke's understated but astute commentary is a reflection on the country's ongoing but not altogether comfortable journey to a better life for all.

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ISBN-13: 9781770105355
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

DIKGANG MOSENEKE was born in Pretoria in December 1947. Since his retirement from the Constitutional Court in 2016, he has been invited as both guest speaker and teacher at many institutions around the world and his list of professional accolades is a long one. He served as arbitrator for the Life Esidimeni Commission of Inquiry in 2017. In 2018 he received the Order of Luthuli in Gold, the South African government's highest national honour, for his 'exceptional contribution to the field of law and the administration of justice'.

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