Mbuyiseli Madlanga

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Mbuyiseli Madlanga
Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
Assumed office
1 August 2013
Nominated by Judicial Service Commission
Appointed by President Jacob Zuma
Judge of the High Court of South Africa, Transkei Division
In office
Nominated by Judicial Service Commission
Appointed by President Nelson Mandela
Personal details
Born (1962-03-27) 27 March 1962 (age 52)
Mount Frere, Cape Province, South Africa
Alma mater University of Transkei
Rhodes University
University of Notre Dame

Mbuyiseli Madlanga (born 27 March 1962) is a South African judge who was appointed to the Constitutional Court of South Africa with effect from 1 August 2013.[1] He had previously worked as an advocate in private practise and as a judge of the Eastern Cape High Court, Mthatha.[2]

Judge Madlanga was born in 1962 at Njijini village, Mount Frere.[2] He was educated at the University of Transkei (BJuris, 1981), Rhodes University (LLB, 1986) and the University of Notre Dame (LLM, 1990).[1] He worked from 1987 to 1989 as a law lecturer at the University of Transkei, and from 1991 to 1996 he practised as an advocate in Mthatha.[1] In 1996 he was appointed to the bench of the Transkei Division of the High Court (now the Mthatha seat of the Eastern Cape Division). In his time on the High Court he also served on the Competition Appeal Court, as acting Judge President of the High Court, and acting terms on the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court.[2]

In 2001 he resigned from the bench for financial reasons and returned to private practice.[3] He appeared for South Africa at the International Court of Justice in the case regarding the Israeli West Bank barrier, and served as evidence leader at the commission of inquiry into the fitness of Bheki Cele to hold office as national police commissioner, and at the Farlam Commission investigating the Marikana miners' strike.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Ngcukana, Lubabalo (21 April 2013). "Madlanga warns the Bench". City Press. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Boya, Siya (20 April 2013). "An advocate for change". Daily Dispatch. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Rabkin, Franny (15 April 2013). "Zuma appoints Madlanga as Constitutional Court judge". Business Day. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Tolsi, Niren (15 April 2013). "President appoints Madlanga to ConCourt". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2013.