First woman judge from NWU-Puk soil

Pertunia Thulo -- Fri, 04/12/2013 - 00:00

First woman judge from NWU-Puk soil

The Faculty of Law of the North-West University's Potchefstroom Campus yielded its first woman judge on Thursday 11 April when Leonie Windell was nominated by the Judicial Service Commission as judge for the Supreme Court in either Pretoria or Johannesburg.

Windell, originally from Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape and matriculant of Witteberg High School in Bethlehem, completed her BJuris degree at the former PU for CHE in 1988, where she also was a resident of Karlien for three years.

She began her career as public prosecutor in 1989, she was appointed as magistrate in Secunda in 1993 and served for 18 years as magistrate in Potchefstroom before she started to act as judge in 2011.

"It has not sunk in yet!" laughs the 45-year-old blonde who loves to travel. "This morning (Friday) I woke up with this incredible sense of responsibility. I feel humble, it is a great honour."

"I think one of my biggest challenges will be to find a balance between my work and my family life. I know one has to be careful, the hours are long; the work can be addictive and has the potential to take over your life. But, I'm very excited and cannot wait to start officially," says the mother of three.

"My passion is to serve the community, to give back to the community. This is my chance to do it."


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