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Judge Nana Makhubele: Biography, Age, Qualifications, Careers, Profile

BIRTH NAME: Tintswalo Annah Nana Makhubele
PLACE OF BIRTH: Gandlanani, Giyani, Limpopo

Tintswalo Annah Nana Makhubele SC was the first black female chairperson of the Pretoria Bar and currently the judge of South Gauteng High Court of South Africa.

Early Life , Background And Childhood

Nana Makhubele was born in Gandlanani near Giyani, Limpopo. At the age of 12, Makhubele had to leave school and work as a domestic worker in the home of the village school’s principal. She also occasionally worked in local tomato fields when she could sneak onto a farmer’s truck with the regular workers. The following year, when her eldest brother matriculated and started working, he moved her to the town of Giyani and put her through school. At first she lived with relatives but they provided only a roof over her head.

The next year she stayed with another family until a bursary from the South African Council of Churches enabled her to live at her school’s boarding house.

Academic Qualifications

She holds degrees in social work and law from the University of the North, known today as the University of Limpopo, and the University of the Witwatersrand.


Nana Makhubele was a as a social worker from 1984-1988. She started her legal career as a prosecutor at the Giyani Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo and as Assistant Master of the High Court in Pretoria. Makhubele was the chairperson of the Water Tribunal and PRASA, she also served as the chairperson of the Income Tax Board for hearing Appeals in 2013.