BIRTH NAME: Yvonne Mokgoro
DATE OF BIRTH: 19 October 1950
PLACE OF BIRTH: Galeshewe, Kimberley, Northern Cape
OCCUPATION: First Lady of North West and Judge
HUSBAND: Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro
Yvonne Mokgoro is the First Lady of North West; a position she has held since 21st June 2018 and is a former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She is the wife of Job Mokgoro, the Premier of North West.
Early Life , Background And Childhood
Judge Yvonne Mokgoro was born on the 19 October 1950 in Galeshewe, Kimberley, Northern Cape. She matriculated at the local St Boniface High School, Kimberly in 1970.
Yvonne Mokgoro is married to Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro.
JusticeYvonne Mokgoro studied part-time, obtaining a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (B Juris) degree at the then University of Bophuthatswana (now North-West University) in 1982, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) two years later, and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in 1987. She also studied at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States of America (USA), where she obtained a second LLM degree in 1990.
Justice Mokgoro started her work experience as a nursing assistant and later as a retail salesperson before her appointment as a clerk in the Department of Justice of the erstwhile Bophuthatswana. After completing the LLB degree she was appointed maintenance officer and public prosecutor in the then Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court. In 1984 she was appointed lecturer in law in the Department of Jurisprudence, University of Bophuthatswana, where she rose through the ranks to become Associate Professor and served in that position until 1991.
From 1992 to 1993 she served as Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape, and later served as a Specialist Researcher (Human Rights) for the Centre for Constitutional Analysis at the Human Sciences Research Council, and also lectured part-time at the University of Pretoria, until her appointment to the Constitutional Court in October 1994.
Justice Mokgoro was a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from its inception in 1994 until the end of her 15-year term in 2009.