[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.
Appointment of Judge MM Joffe as the Director of the newly established South African Judicial Education Institute Braamfontein
The Council of the South African Judicial Education Institute resolved to appoint the South Gauteng High Court Judge MM Joffe as its first Director who will commence his duties on March 1, 2010. Notwithstanding his secondment, Judge Joffe will complete all judicial matters presently serving before him.
The South African Judicial Education Institute was established by Act 14 of 2008. The purpose of the Institute is to promote the independence, impartiality, dignity, accessibility and effectiveness of the courts by providing judicial education for judicial officers.
In carrying out this function the Institute is primarily directed and controlled by the judiciary. In carrying out its purpose the Institute will provide education and training for aspirant and newly appointed judicial officers. It will further provide on-going legal education and training for experienced judicial officers.
The Act provides for the appointment of a Director who is to be responsible for the general administration of the Institute and who is to manage and direct the activities of the Institute subject to the direction of the Institute’s Council which is responsible for the governance of the Institute. The Chief Justice is the chairperson of the Council and the Deputy Chief Justice is the chairperson of the Executive Committee of Council.
As is evident by his appointment, the Council reposes much confidence in Judge Joffe’s ability in carrying out the functions of Director. The Council extends to Judge Joffe its best wishes and anticipates a rewarding association to the benefit of judicial education and the stature and dignity of the South African Judiciary.
Issued by the Office of the Chief Justice, Sandile Ngcobo Constitutional Court of South Africa Braamfontein, Johannesburg
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