NWU alumnus receives Presidential National Order

Koos Degenaar -- Thu, 12/10/2015 - 07:12

NWU alumnus receives Presidential National Order

Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, an alumnus of the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, was honoured with the Presidential National Order at an event held at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria in December 2015.  Judge Mokgoro is also a former Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

The national order is the highest awards in the country bestowed by President Jacob Zuma to deserving local citizens and eminent foreign nationals.


The Order of the Baobab was bestowed upon Yvonne Mokgoro in Bronze for her contribution in the field of Law. The Order of Baobab recognises South African citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.


She stepped down from the bench as Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 2009 and served in this capacity since the Constitutional Court’s inception until the end of her 15-year term.

A number of honours and awards have been bestowed upon Judge Mokgoro. These include the Human Rights Award of the Black Lawyers Association (1995) and the Legal Profession’s Woman Achiever Award of the Centre for Human Rights and the University of Pretoria (2001).  Furthermore, she was honoured with the NWU’s Alumni award in 2013.