At the celebration honoring 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, the University of Pretoria has awarded five Master of Laws (LLM) degrees and ten doctorates (PhDs) in human rights, including one honorary doctorate for a distinguished humanitarian and former deputy chief justice Moseneke.
The university’s representatives have described former deputy chief justice Moseneke’s contribution to the legal profession as “immense”. The honorary doctorate from the Univesity of Pretoria, the city where Dikgang Moseneke was born and still lives, as they’ve explained, is an expression of gratitude.
Moseneke will be remembered for his “erudite and courageous judgments”, as well as for his judicial integrity and human rights campaigns. Some of his greatest accomplishments were 1994 draft for the Interim Constitution for a democratic South Africa and the first democratic elections which followed.
At that time, circa 1994, Moseneke was serving as deputy chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission. After that, he has been named a judge of the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. He’s served as a justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and a chairperson for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. He retired in 2016, after having served as deputy chief justice for a decade.
The event at the Univesity of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights honored LLM graduates and PhDs as well. It also marked seven decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the introduction of the university’s future vice-chancellor and principal, professor Tawana Kupe.