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WATCH: Judge Dennis Davis shares pearls of wisdom on mentorship and role models

Written by: Qama Qukula

Cape Judge Dennis Davis says it is important to have mentors to turn to for advice.

In his line of work, the judge says he depends on the support of some of his peers.

It's a very lonely job being a judge. People don't understand that. We're not repositories of all wisdom.

Judge Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President

It's a lonely existence. You do need mentors.

Judge Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President

Judge Davis says that young people often take for granted the opportunities to learn from others.

When you're young, you don't ask enough. You don't tap into their knowledge as much as you should.

Judge Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President

It's only when you get older that you reflect upon that.

Judge Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President

He says he has received lifelong advice and wisdom from his parents, friends and colleagues.

I hope [my children] reflect and say; actually, that old geezer is a lot wiser than I thought he was.

Judge Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President

Judge Davis remains optimistic that South Africans will see change from the troubling state of affairs in the country.

Things do pass. It will change. There have been extraordinary non-racial demonstrations. That's inspirational.

Judge Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President

The discourse in South Africa is changing. We're getting a diversity of views [on the politics of the country].

Judge Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President

The Italian marxist Antonio Gramsci once said "the old is dying but the new hasn't yet been born". I think we're in that position.

Judge Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President

Role models can be ordinary people; teachers.

Judge Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President

He reflected on the mentors he encountered in his life and what they taught him and the importance of contributing positively to society.

WATCH: Judge Dennis Davis on the importance of mentors and role models

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