Johannesburg – Former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke has been appointed honorary professor of bioethics at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, Faculty of Health Science at Wits University, the institution announced on Friday.
"I am humbled to be associated with the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics and the Faculty of Health Sciences," Moseneke said in a statement.
"I am not unmindful of what honour the honorary professorship bestows on me and hope to add value to the deliberations of the centre in some modest way."
Moseneke, who is one of the South Africa’s leading jurists, retired from the Constitutional Court in May.
He was appointed chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand in 2006.
Director of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, Professor Ames Dhai, said Moseneke's ethical integrity would be invaluable to the centre in its efforts to further the discipline of bioethics.
"For a jurist of the calibre of Justice Moseneke – honourable, principled and righteous – and because of his commitment to justice and social change, a professorship at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics is without question.
"His combination of qualities as a jurist and a scholar of the highest acclaim would support further growth and development of the centre and its many activities. We look forward to working closely with him and benefiting from the valuable guidance and advice he will impart to us when grappling with the many ethical dilemmas which form part of our day-to-day work," he said.