Judge Gayaat Salie age

Gayaat Salie (born 13 February 1974) is a South African attorney and judge. She was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in July 1998. Cape Town high court judge

Salie is a judge who presided over one of the most high-profile murder trials – Jason Rohde’s murder trial.

Early Life

Gayaat Salie
Gayaat Salie biography
Gayaat Salie is Cape Town high court judge.
Background Information
Full name:Gayaat Salie
Born:13 February 1974 (age 49 years old)
Place of birth:Cape Town
Nationality:South African
Alma mater:University of Western Cape
Occupation:Attorney, Judge
Spouse:Adrian Samuels
John Hlophe (m. 2015; div 2022)
Mauro Nunes Mendes Da Silva (m. 2023)
Children:Zara, Nina, and Hannah

Gayaat Salie was born on 13 February 1974 in Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa.


Gayaat Salie matriculated at Belgravia High School, Athlone Cape Town (1991). She obtained a BA in Law and LLB from the University of Western Cape in 1994 and 1996. She completed school for legal practice at the University of Cape Town in 1997.


Between July 1997 and June 1998, Judge Gayaat Salie was a Candidate Attorney, E. Moosa, Waglay, and Petersen Attorneys, Athlone, Cape Town. In July 1998, she became an attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Gayaat was a Professional Associate at E. Moosa, Waglay, and Petersen Attorneys, Cape Town, between July 1998 and September 1999. She practiced for her account at Wynberg, Cape Town, from October 1999 to 2014.

Salie was acting Judge at the Western Cape High Court of South Africa from July 2013 to December 2014. She became a Judge at the Western Cape High Court of South Africa. 

Gayaat was the acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal from 1 April 2022 to 30 November 2022.

From 1994 to 1996, she was a Tutor at the Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape. She works as a Lecturer at Cape Law Society Legal Training. She is a Trainer, Street Law Project ‘Democracy for All’ at the University of the Western Cape.

Personal Life

Gayaat married a Portuguese businessman, Mauro Nunes Mendes Da Silva. They had a groundbreaking wedding reception at the Casa Labia in Muizenberg on 3 December 2023. She met Mauro after she and Nina went on an adventure to Thailand.

Judge Gayaat Salie married John Hlophe in 2015, were officially divorced in 2022, and announced it in January 2023. She was first married to advocate Adrian Samuels. She is a mother of three daughters – Zara, Nina, and Hannah.

Her daughter Zara sued her for maintenance in 2021. She claimed her Gayaat kicked her out of the house when she was in matric and had not support her. 

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