A judge supreme
WHAT HAPPENED THE UNITED NATIONS has appointed SA Judge Navanethem Pillay as its new High Commissioner for Human Rights. Pillay, who was born in Durban and grew up in poverty, is known for her perseverance, which among other things made her the first black woman to open a legal practice in Natal. She was also the first black female judge in SA’s Supreme Court. THE STAR said Pillay has an excellent reputation in terms of human – especially women’s – rights and also particularly concerning abuse in times of war. Her great challenge will be to establish the UN Human Rights Council, currently a political football, as the world’s leading forum for victims of abuse. The Citizen said Pillay would be able to tackle her challenging task after years of personal and professional experience.