Johannesburg – South Africa has lost a great mind, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Wednesday following the death of Judge George Maluleke. Maluleke, 76, passed away on Tuesday. “We will remember Judge Maluleke for his complete integrity, independence and his immense contribution towards transforming the country’s justice system,” Makhura said in a statement. Maluleke was appointed a High Court Judge in 1993, having previously acted as a judge at the Venda High Court.Maluleke’s contribution to the rule of law, and the development of young black minds in the discipline and practice of law, had left an indelible mark on the profession, Makhura said. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at his farewell in December 2016, following his retirement from the bench, The General Council of the Bar of South Africa (GCB) said on Tuesday."He [Maluleke] joined the legal profession at a time and in a place where the law existed as a means to oppress, dispossess and exploit. "He joined when few black people had such an opportunity and where there was little prospect for advancement," the GCB said in a statement.