The 13th Bishop Hans Brenninkmeijer Memorial Lecture 
Date: Thursday 27 June 2019 at 14:30
Venue: Holy Family College, 40 Oxford Road, Johannesburg
RSVP: Email Hilda Chinyowa: or 011 433 1888 by 20 June 2019

Thinning the Line between Privilege and Disadvantage: 
A Constitutional Imperative for Social Cohesion

Delivered by Justice Yvonne Makgoro

Justice Yvonne Mokgoro was born in Galeshewe near Kimberley in the Northern Cape and matriculated at St Boniface High School in 1970. She studied part-time, obtaining a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (B Juris) degree at the then University of Bophuthatswana (now North-West University) in 1982, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) two years later, and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in 1987. She also studied at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States of America (USA), where she obtained a second LLM degree in 1990.

She began her law career served as the maintenance officer and public prosecutor in the then Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court and in 1984 she was appointed lecturer in law in the Department of Jurisprudence, University of Bophuthatswana, where she rose through the ranks to become Associate Professor and served in that position until 1991.From 1992 to 1993 she served as Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape, and later served as a Specialist Researcher (Human Rights) for the Centre for Constitutional Analysis at the Human Sciences Research Council, and also lectured part-time at the University of Pretoria, until her appointment to the Constitutional Court in October 1994.  Justice Mokgoro was a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from its inception in 1994 until the end of her 15-year term in 2009.

Justice Mokgoro recently chaired the Mokgoro Enquiry held to investigate the fitness of suspended senior NPA advocates Lawrence Mrwebi and Nomgcobo Jiba to hold office.