Dikgang to be hailed for Justice

Written by Keamogetse Kgomanyane
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:

In Gold

Journalist Traci Mackie

Athlete Elsa Meyer

In Silver

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:

In Silver

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:

In Bronze

Anti-apartheid activist Ronald Bernickow (posthumously)

Anti-apartheid activist Sylvia Benjamin (posthumously)

In Silver

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

In Gold

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:

In Bronze

Activist Rosita Johnson

In Silver

Ambassador Alexander Sergeevich Dsasokhov

Russian Parliamentarian Vyacheslav Tetekin

In Gold

Former President of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano

Former President of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire

Former President of Namibia Dr Samuel Daniel Nujoma

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