Pan Macmillan is proud to publish Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s second book, All Rise: A Judicial Memoir. This follows his bestselling memoir, My Own Liberator (2016).
Practising law during apartheid South Africa brought with it unique challenges, especially to professionals of colour, within a fraught political climate. After some years in general legal practice and at the Bar, and a brief foray into business, Moseneke was persuaded that he would best serve the country’s young democracy by taking judicial office.
All Rise covers his years on the bench, with particular focus on his 15-year term as a judge at South Africa’s Constitutional Court where he rose to the position of Deputy Chief Justice. As a member of the team that drafted the interim Constitution, Justice Moseneke was well placed to become one of the guardians of its final form. His insights into the Constitutional Court’s structures, the personalities peopling it, the values it embodies, the human dramas that shook it and the cases that were brought to it, make for compelling reading. The book includes his early career, his tenure with Judge Chaskalson as the Chief Justice, the appointment of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, the Hlophe matter and Justice Moseneke’s experience as the arbitrator in the Life Esidimeni Commission of Inquiry.
In 2018 Dikgang Moseneke received the Order of Luthuli in Gold, the South African government’s highest national honour, for his ‘exceptional contribution to the field of law and the administration of justice’.
All Rise offers a unique, insider’s view of how the judicial system operates at its best and how it responds when it is under fire. With this new memoir Justice Moseneke hopes to spark conversations around the current state of the South African judiciary.