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
3 March 2016

Shortlisted candidates for judicial positions: April 2016 interviews

JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION: SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES FOR JUDICIAL POSITIONS 

On 21 January 2016 the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) published notices in the media calling for nominations of interested persons to fill 14 vacancies in the various superior courts including the Constitutional Court. The closing date for submission of nominations was set for 12 February 2016. On 27 February 2016, the JSC met and compiled a short list of candidates to be interviewed at its sitting to be held in Cape Town on 04-08 April 2016 as follows:

1. Constitutional Court (one vacancy) 

The JSC advertised a single vacancy that arose following the discharge from active service of Justice Van Der Westhuizen. No candidates were put on the short list for this vacancy due to the insufficient number of nominations received. There were only three candidates nominated which is less than the threshold required by the provisions of section 174(4) of the Constitution. Section 174(4) of the Constitution requires the JSC, in respect of filing vacancies in the Constitutional Court, to submit a list of nominees with three names more than the number of appointments to be made, to the President. This vacancy will be re-advertised in due course.

2. Supreme Court of Appeal (Two vacancies) 

Judge E D Baartman

Judge T R Gorven

Judge M F Legodi

Judge P A Meyer 2

Judge B C Mocumie

Judge D Pillay

Judge C H G Van Der Merwe

3. Eastern Cape Division of the High Court (Mthatha and Port Elizabeth) (Two vacancies) 

Adv R W N Brooks SC

Adv C T S Cossie

Adv N C D Msizi

Ms B Ndzondo

Ms N Saba

4. KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court (Deputy Judge President) (One vacancy) 

Judge S Gyanda

Judge M I Madondo

Judge B J Mnguni

5. KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court (Two vacancies) 

Adv P C Bezuidenhout SC

Ms S Maphumulo

Ms B S Masipa

Adv I L Topping SC

6. Limpopo Division of the High Court (Deputy Judge President) (One vacancy) 

Judge N F Kgomo

Judge F E Mokgohloa

Judge A M L Phatudi

7. Limpopo Division of the High Court (Two vacancies) 

Ms M C De Klerk

Mr M F Kganyago 3

Ms A Lamminga

Adv G C Muller SC

Mr M G Phatudi

8. Western Cape Division of the High Court (Deputy Judge President) (One vacancy) 

Judge R Allie

Judge P L Goliath

Judge A Le Grange

9. Western Cape Division of the High Court (Two vacancies) 

Adv M J Donen SC

Mr S J Koen

Mr L G Nuku

Mr J F Riley

In total, the JSC has therefore shortlisted 34 candidates. The shortlisted candidates will be notified of the date, time and venue of the interviews in due course.

Law bodies and members of the public wishing to comment on the candidates should address their comments to the Secretariat of the Judicial Service Commission at Chiloane@concourt.org.za alternatively Dube@concourt.org.za. Comments must reach the Secretariat by no later than 23 March 2016.

Issued by the Judicial Service Commission

Enq: Adv D Ntsebeza SC 0824672490 and Mr C P Fourie 0828811737 

01 March 2016

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