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
15 January 2013

Shortlist of candidates for Con Court position

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL COURT VACANCY

On 23 October 2012, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) published an advertisement calling for nominations of interested persons to fill a vacancy in the Constitutional Court which will occur when Justice Zak Yacoob is discharged from active service at the end of January 2013.  The closing date for the nominations was set for 23 November 2012.

Following the closing date, the JSC has compiled a shortlist of candidates to be interviewed for the above-mentioned position as follows:

  1. Judge Selby Alan Masibonge Baqwa
  2. Judge Lebotsang Orphan Bosielo
  3. Adv Jeremy John Gauntlett SC
  4. Adv Mbuyiseli Madlanga SC; and
  5. Judge Brian Solomon Spilg

The organized legal profession and institutions with an interest in the work of the JSC are requested to submit comments on the abovementioned candidates to the Secretariat of the JSC by no later than 07 February 2013.

The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 22 February 2013.  Details of the time and venue for the interviews will be communicated to the shortlisted candidates in due course.

Issued by the Judicial Service Commission

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

15 January 2013 

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