Quote of the week

My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
12 January 2010

JSC announcement: judicial vacancies

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

Judicial Vacancies

Meeting of the Judicial Service Commission 12-16 April 2010

The Judicial Service Commission invites nominations to fill vacancies as Judges in the following Courts:

(1)         North and South Gauteng High Court

One vacancy (Deputy Judge President)

(2)         North and South Gauteng High Court

Six vacancies

(3)         Limpopo High Court ( formerly Venda High Court)

One vacancy

(4)         KwaZulu–Natal High Court

One vacancy (Judge President)

Two vacancies (Judges)

(5)         Western Cape High Court

Three vacancies

(6)         Eastern Cape Division

One vacancy (Judge President)

Eastern Cape (Mthatha)

One vacancy

Eastern Cape (Grahamstown)

Three vacancies

Eastern Cape (Port Elizabeth)

One vacancy

(7)         North West High Court

One vacancy (Judge President)

(8)         Labour Appeal Court

Six vacancies

(9)         Labour Court

Three vacancies

(10)     Labour Appeal Court and Labour Court

One vacancy (Judge President)

Nominations must be accompanied by the nominee’s written consent and the standard questionnaire completed and signed by the nominee.

If any judicial vacancy arises between the date of this notice and the dates on which candidates are interviewed, the Judicial Service Commission may, after the interviews, fill such vacancy if it considers that suitable candidates are available.  This is to avoid the situation which has arisen in the past when, despite the availability of suitable candidates, no appointments could be made to fill vacancies which had occurred subsequent to the notice calling for nominations.  Consequently, in making nominations, regard should be had to the possibility that more judicial vacancies may occur than have been advertised.

I wish to emphasize the following points:

1.      Interviews with short-listed candidates will be conducted in public, i.e. members of the public and the media will be entitled to be present.

2.      It is open to persons or bodies nominating candidates to motivate their nominations by referring the Commission to the candidate’s qualifications and general fitness for appointment.

3.      The questionnaire must be accompanied by the standardised “clearance certificate” which the candidate is required to obtain from his/her professional body regarding the candidate’s professional status within that body, his or her suitability for appointment to the Bench and the nature of any disciplinary proceedings completed or pending in respect of the relevant candidate.

4.      Nominations must be addressed to and reach the Secretary of the Commission not later than Friday 05 February 2010 at 16h00.

The meeting of the Judicial Service Commission and the interviewing of shortlisted candidates has been scheduled to take place at the Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town from 12-16 April 2010.

Applications must be addressed to:

Ms. Vuyelwa Masangwana

Constitutional Court

Private Bag X1

Constitution Hill

Braamfontein

Johannesburg

2017

Tel: (011) 359 7570/7537

Fax: (011) 403 5964

Fax2Email: 086 649 0944

____________________________________

S S Ngcobo

Chief Justice of South Africa

Chairperson: Judicial Service Commission

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