Justice Dikgang Moseneke will be bestowed the Order of Luthuli in this year’s National Orders for his contribution in the field of law and the administration of justice in South Africa.
National Orders are the highest awards that the South African president bestows on citizens and members of the international community who have contributed meaningfully towards making the country a free, democratic and successful nation.
Justice Moseneke was the chair of the Life Esidimeni Arbitration Hearing where 144 mental health patients died after being moved to unregistered facilities in 2016.
His judgement for the hearing included a R180,9 million claim which was to be paid out to families of the psychiatric patients who died of negligence.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will bestow the Orders at the 24th Investiture ceremony scheduled to take place on 28 April 2018 in Pretoria.
As Chancellor of the National Orders is Director-General in The Presidency, Cassius Lubisi who announced the names of the recipients at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday 19 April.
The orders highlight various achievements and contributions made by South Africans and foreign nationals and are characterised by different levels such as platinum, gold, silver and bronze.
The Order of Ikhamanga which recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport will be bestowed on:
Journalist Traci Mackie
Athlete Elsa Meyer
Cricket: player Hashim Amla
Artist and Historian Omar Badsha
Boxer Eric Rishimati Baloyi
Musician Johan Botha (posthumously)
Actress Lillian Dube
Musician Hotstix Mabuse Elana Meyer
Artist John Koenakeefe Motlhankana (posthumously)
Artist Thami Mnyele (posthumously)
Actress Advocate Nakedi Ribane
Rugby Player Johan Smit
Soccer Player Neil Tovey
The Order of Baobab which recognises distinguished service in the areas of community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation will be bestowed on:
Businessman Maduke Lot Ndlovu (posthumous)
Activist Nkosinathi Freddy Ndlovu
Activist Violet Seboni
The Order of Luthuli which recognises South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict will be bestowed on the following recipients:
Anti-apartheid activist Ronald Bernickow (posthumously)
Anti-apartheid activist Sylvia Benjamin (posthumously)
Anti-apartheid activist Godfrey Beck
Anti-apartheid activist Lillian Diedericks
Political activist Mary Fitzgerald (posthumously)
Writer and political activist Farid Essack
Anti-apartheid activist Swaminathan Gounden
Anti-apartheid activist Reverend Charles Hooper (posthumously)
Anti-apartheid activist Sibongile Mkhabela
Major General Keith Mokoape
Anti-apartheid activist Rahima Moosa (posthumously)
General Moreti motau
Anti-apartheid activist Zondeni Sobukwe
Inkosi Mhlabunzima Maphumulo (posthumously)
Anti-apartheid activist Mama Dora Tamana (posthumously)
The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo which recognises friendship shown to South Africa by foreign dignitaries or heads of state and other eminent foreign persons for friendship to South Africa will be bestowed on:
Activist Rosita Johnson
Ambassador Alexander Sergeevich Dsasokhov
Russian Parliamentarian Vyacheslav Tetekin
Former President of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano
Former President of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire
Former President of Namibia Dr Samuel Daniel Nujoma