Indian-origin judge in Africa’s top court: Even after failing in interview 2 times, did not give up, decided the journey from lawyer to judge in 4 decades

People of Indian origin are waving the flag all over the world. The CEOs of dozens of top American companies like Google and Twitter are from Indian Origin. Now a person of Indian origin has raised the flag in South Africa. Narendran Jodi Kolapen, 64, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Justice (Legal Bench) of South Africa.

He has been appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa. For this several rounds of interviews were conducted. Narendran had applied to be included in the top bench twice before, but he got success the third time. He has been selected for this position because of his excellent career in Judiciary.

5 judges applied for 2 posts in the Supreme Court. In addition to Kolapen, African-origin Rammaka Steven Mathopo has also been appointed. Both will assume their positions in the new year on January 1, 2022.

Kolapen held many important positions
Judge Colapen started legal practice in the High Court of South Africa in 1982. He joined the Lawyers for Human Rights group in 1993 and became its director two years later in 1995. In 1997, he was made commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission. He headed this institution for 7 years. In 2016, he was made the chairman of the South African Law Reform Commission. Kolapen worked with several NGOs for human rights and the elderly.

Achievements made so far

  1. Speech on the issue of human rights at the United Nations and Harvard University
  2. Received an honorary doctorate from Durban University of Technology
  3. Awarded by Africa’s renowned Turquoise Harmony Institute
  4. African Congress of Business and Economics presented Lifetime Achievement Award Big statement was given on Indian culture 11 years ago
    In 2010, while serving as a judge in the High Court of South Africa, Kolapen made a big statement about Indian culture. He had said in the 50th-anniversary program of Shiv Gyan Sabha that 150 years ago the indentured labourers who came to Africa from India need not live with shame. They have brought a new culture here with them. He further said that we have to make South Africa a country with different cultures like the colours of the rainbow. They are called indentured labourers, from whom the British used to take labour from India or other countries to Africa.