The individual’s existence and well-being are relative to that of the group. This is manifested in anti-individualistic conduct that threatens the survival of the group. If the individual is to survive within the group, there must be collective effort for group survival. Basically, it is a humanistic orientation toward fellow beings.

from Ubuntu and the Law in South Africa (1998)

Portrait of Yvonne Mokgoro

Yvonne Mokgoro

Constitutional Court Justice and UN Council Chairperson
Born: October 19, 1950

Yvonne Mokgoro is a former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and wife to Job Mokgoro. She was appointed to the bench in 1994 by Nelson Mandela. Mokgoro is a board member of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and is the current Chairperson of the South African Law Reform Commission. She was educated at North-West University from which she graduated with a B.luris degree in 1982, an LLB degree two years later, and an LLM in 1987. She also studied at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the US, where she was awarded another LLM degree.

In December 2021, Mokgoro was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council as a chairperson of Racial Justice Body, a new mechanism to examine systemic racism and the excessive use of force against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement worldwide. She will be one of three members along with Juan E. Méndez of Argentina and Tracie L. Keesee of the United States.


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