The Deputy Judge President of the Transvaal Division, Jeremiah Shongwe, will receive an honorary doctorate at a graduation ceremony at the University of Venda in Limpopo tomorrow.
The university will also award 570 degrees and diplomas.
Among the graduands will be 12 recipients of masters degrees and four PhDs.
University spokesman Rufus Kharidzha said Shongwe was honoured in recognition of his outstanding record in leadership in the legal profession.
While still practising law, and as an attorney, Shongwe defended many victims of human rights abuses across the country.
In recognition of his distinguished track record as a gallant champion of human rights during and after the demise of apartheid, the Gauteng Law Council presented him with an award for his excellence.
"It will be an honour to welcome Shongwe, who will also be guest speaker at the first graduation session," Kharidzha said.
"He will share the stage with University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo."