Kathy SatchwellDate Released: Thu, 1 August 2019 16:45 +0200
Kathy Satchwell is a retired Judge of the High Court of South Africa. She was a prominent human rights attorney in the 1990s who gave evidence before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on the role of the legal system in contributing to the violations of human rights in South Africa under apartheid. She was appointed as a judge by President Nelson Mandela but is better known to laypeople for her ground-breaking personal win in Satchwell v President of Rep of SA which lead the way for other LGBTI human rights wins. In 2018 she headed the Equal Education Inquiry. Described as an unstinting champion of human rights, and a determined, resilient fighter on behalf of those denied such rights, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Rhodes University in 2010. Judge Kathleen Satchwell’s activism began during her studies at Rhodes University from 1969 to 1974. While fully engaged in all the activism she studied part-time, through UNISA, for a law degree – the foundation of her position as a high court judge.