High Court Judge – Mokgere Masipa– KwaZulu Natal Division of the High Court
This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to High Court Judge – Mokgere Masipa of the KwaZulu Natal division of the High Court. We discuss some of her motivations for entering the legal profession, which included witnessing first-hand injustices of the maintenance courts as a child. We address some of the success factors that have contributed to her career, such as pursuing her dream, collegiality, sacrifice and a supportive family. Judge Masipa shares a few of her significant cases which impacted on education rights and rape offences. In terms of trying to reduce the incidence of gender-based violence, Judge Masipa considers the need to actively educate society and direct behavioural change by introducing a gender sensitive curriculum at schools, establishing user-friendly community centres with appropriately skilled personnel and adequate training for first-responders, like police, to professionally attend to GBV cases. We consider the challenge of sexism that women face in the work place and urge them to confront this issue, utilising legislation that has been designed to combat discrimination. Tune in for more….