Often referred to as ‘the people’s judge’, retired Judge Siraj Desai is well-known for his sterling work in the judicial system over the years. From his birth in Cape Town to his appointment as a Judge in the Western Cape High Court, Judge Desai shared his story with Salaamedia.
Born and raised in Cape Town, Desai said that his position as a Judge in the High Court seemed unlikely when he was a young boy: “I have the most unlikely origin. I grew up in the back streets of Salt River. In the circumstances that we grew up, to become a judge is the most unlikely consequence.”