Meet three of KZN's new judges

2008-12-28 00:00

Pietermaritzburg advocate Trevor Gorven and local attorney Jerome Mnguni are among five judges who have recently been appointed to the KwaZulu-Natal bench.

The other three new judges for the province are Fikile Mokgohloa, formerly of Pretoria, Durban-based advocate Malcolm Wallis SC, and Esther Steyn of the Western Cape — a former law lecturer and commissioner in the Jali Commission. Steyn has been an acting judge in the Cape for the past nine months.

Mnguni (44) is married to Nomusa and is a father of three children — two girls and a boy.

He grew up in Nongoma and went to school at Ivuna High School, Nongoma, and St Francis College at Mariannhill, Pinetown.

He studied law at the University of Zululand while working as an assistant manager at a Nongoma hardware store.

Mnguni became a legal adviser at the legal aid clinic at the University of Zululand before joining the firm Msimang, Rutsch & Company as an articled clerk in Pietermaritzburg. He was a director of Pietermaritzburg law firm Tomlinson Mnguni James.

Mnguni is a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society and Black Lawyers Association.

His practice has focused mainly on Road Accident Fund matters, local government issues, and land claims.

When he’s not at work, Mnguni is an avid rugby and soccer fan, but professes to be “too old” to play sport and is content to be a spectator. Like all Sharks fans, he happily recalls the team’s recent Currie Cup win over the Blue Bulls, but did not want to be drawn into a debate over the Springbok emblem.

Trevor Gorven SC is married to Melanie and the couple have two daughters.

After matriculating from Northlands Boys’ High School in 1971, he studied for his BA LLB degree at the University of Natal’s Durban and Pietermaritzburg campuses.

He also did courses in theology in the United Kingdom and through Unisa and obtained certificates in labour law and constitutional litigation through UKZN.

Gorven was admitted as an advocate on August 6, 1979 and appointed senior counsel on February 23, 2006.

His practice has been primarily concerned with civil litigation.

Gorven has been a member of the Pietermaritzburg branch of the Society of Advocates of KZN since December 1988, as well as a member of the National Democratic Lawyers (Nadel), Pietermaritzburg branch.

Both Mnguni and Gorven have been acting judges in KZN on various occasions.

Prominent Durban advocate Malcolm Wallis (58) has practised as an advocate since graduating with a cum laude LLB in 1973 as the top law student at the University of Natal in Durban.

He took silk in 1985 and has been the chairman of both the KwaZulu-Natal Bar and t

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