Quote of the week

[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.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
17 October 2013

JSC appoints 7 new female judges

JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

PRESS RELEASE

 

16 October 2013

 

The Judicial Service Commission has concluded interviews of Judges to fill vacancies in the Bench

 

During the period 07-10 October 2013, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) conducted interviews in Cape Town for the vacant Judges’ positions in the various divisions of the High Court.  Following the conclusion of the interviews, the Chief Justice met with the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr J G Zuma on 15 October 2013 and presented the JSC’s recommendations as follows:

  1. 1.             Eastern Cape Division (One vacancy)

The JSC advertised one vacancy in the Eastern Cape Division of the High Court and three candidates were shortlisted and interviewed for one vacancy.  The JSC has recommended that the President should appoint Adv I T Stretch SC (Ms) as a Judge of the Eastern Cape Division of the High Court:

  1. 2.          Electoral Court

There was one vacancy advertised by the JSC and one candidate was shortlisted and interviewed.  The JSC has recommended that the President should appoint Ms S Pather as a Judge of the Electoral Court:

  1. 3.          Free State Division (One vacancy)

The JSC advertised one vacancy in the Free State Division of the High Court and five candidates were shortlisted and interviewed for one vacancy.  The JSC has recommended that the President should appoint Ms S Naidoo to the Free State Division of the High Court.

  1. 4.          Labour and Labour Appeal Court

The JSC advertised a single vacancy of Deputy Judge President and one candidate was shortlisted and interviewed.  The JSC decided to recommend that the President should appoint Judge P L Tlaletsi as Deputy Judge President of the Labour and Labour Appeal Courts.

  1. 5.          Labour Courts

The JSC advertised a single vacancy in the Labour Courts and two candidates were shortlisted.  The JSC interviewed one candidate and decided not to recommend any candidate to the President.

 

  1. 6.          Gauteng Division

The JSC advertised four vacancies in the Gauteng Division of the High Court.  Six candidates were shortlisted and interviewed for these positions.  The JSC has recommended that the President should appoint the following candidates as Judges of the Gauteng Division of the High Court.

Adv A J Bam SC

Adv M M Jansen SC (Ms)

Adv N J Van Niewenhuizen SC (Ms)

Ms S S Mphahlele

  1. 7.          Western Cape Division

The JSC advertised one vacancy in the Western Cape Division of the High Court.  Four candidates were shortlisted and interviewed for these vacant positions.  The JSC has recommended that the President should appoint Ms N P Boqwana as a Judge of the Western Cape Division of the High Court.

Of all the nine recommended candidates, seven of them are women.  This serves as a clear indication of the JSC’s commitment to the provisions of 174(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.  The JSC still wishes to encourage the legal fraternity and the broader South African public to encourage and nominate more women who are fit and proper for judicial appointment.  It is only in as a result of such nominations that the JSC will be table to discharge its constitutional mandate of transforming the Judiciary to reflect the demographics of our population as enunciated in section 174(2) of the Constitution.

Issued by the JSC

Adv Ntsebeza SC

Contact details: 082 467 2490

Email:Ntsebeza@mweb.co.za

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