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Name  Dhaya Pillay

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Nominated by  Judicial Service Commission
Nominated by  Judicial Service Commission
Born  5 January 1958 (age 57) Durban, South Africa (1958-01-05)
Alma mater  University of South Africa University of Natal
Education  University of South Africa, University of Natal

Appointed by  President Jacob Zuma
Appointed by  President Thabo Mbeki

Dhayanithie "Dhaya" Pillay (born 5 January 1958 in Durban) is a South African judge of the Labour Court and KwaZulu-Natal High Court.


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Early life

Pillay was born in Durban in 1958 and completed her B.Proc at UNISA in 1982. Early in her career as an attorney, she joined the firm of noted activist lawyer Yunus Mohamed, a founding member of the UDF and the instructing attorney in the Delmas Treason Trial. Pillay became heavily involved in important political cases and effectively led the firm when Mohamed was in detention.

In the late 1980s, Pillay’s practice moved towards labour law, in which she later became an expert, acquiring an LLM in the subject from the University of Natal in 1993. Pillay was a drafter of the Labour Relations Act and later became a senior CCMA commissioner. She also served as an advisor to the drafters of the South African Constitution.

Judicial career

Pillay was made a judge of the Labour Court in 2000 and of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in 2010. She supported Judge President Chiman Patel – now ousted amid suspicions that he fell out with the KwaZulu-Natal political establishment – in the racial spat over his appointment.

In July 2015 she was interviewed and shortlisted by the Judicial Service Commission for appointment to the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She was nominated by rights groups and former Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob and was praised by commentators.

Other positions and awards

Pillay is an extraordinary professor at the University of Pretoria and has been a visiting academic at the University of Seattle, New York University, the University of Oxford and the Open University. She was recognised as a human rights defender by the Durban branch of Amnesty International in 2005.


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