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An ‘important purpose of section 34 [of the Constitution] is to guarantee the protection of the judicial process to persons who have disputes that can be resolved by law’ and that the right of access to court is ‘foundational to the stability of an orderly society. It ensures the peaceful, regulated and institutionalised mechanisms to resolve disputes, without resorting to self-help. The right of access to court is a bulwark against vigilantism, and the chaos and anarchy which it causes. Construed in this context of the rule of law and the principle against self-help in particular, access to court is indeed of cardinal importance’.The right guaranteed s34 would be rendered meaningless if court orders could be ignored with impunity:the underlying purposes of the right — and particularly that of avoidance of self-help — would be undermined if litigants could decide which orders they wished to obey and which they wished to ignore.

Plasket AJ
Victoria Park Ratepayers' Association v Greyvenouw CC and others (511/03) [2003] ZAECHC 19 (11 April 2003)
8 March 2012

JSC announcemnt on shortlisting of judicial candidates

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES FOR JUDICIAL POSITIONS

 

On 24 November 2011, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) published advertisements calling for nominations of interested persons to fill the 14 vacancies in the various superior courts.  The closing date for the nominations was initially set for 03 February 2012.  It was later extended to 17 February 2012.

Following the closing date, the JSC met on 03 March 2012 and compiled a short list of candidates to be interviewed at its sitting to be held in Cape Town on 16-20 April 2012 as follows:

  1. Constitutional Court (One vacancy)

No candidates were shortlisted as the JSC received an insufficient number of appropriate nominations.  The vacant position in the Constitutional Court will be re-advertised in due course.

  1. Supreme Court of Appeal (Two vacancies)

Judge S Ebrahim

Judge X M Petse

Judge R Pillay

Judge C M Plasket

Judge B R Southwood

  1. Eastern Cape High Court (Bhisho) (One vacancy)

Ms N Conjwa

Mr D Z Dukada

Ms V T Gqiba

Ms M Kahla

 

  1. Electoral Court (One vacancy)

No candidates were shortlisted as the JSC did not receive nominations from sitting judges as required by the advertisement.  This vacant position in the Electoral Court is for serving judges and will be re-advertised in due course.

 

  1. KwaZulu-Natal High Court (Deputy Judge President) (One vacancy)

Judge M I Madondo

Judge F E Mokgohloa

 

  1. Northern Cape High Court (One vacancy)

Adv S L Erasmus

Ms B M Pakati

 

  1. North and South Gauteng High Court (Judge President) (One vacancy)

Judge M F Legodi

Judge President D Mlambo

Deputy Judge President P M Mojapelo

 

  1. North and South Gauteng High Court (Six vacancies)

Adv A F Arnoldi SC

Adv S A M Baqwa

Ms E M Kubushi

Adv G C Muller SC

Adv B Vally SC

 

The JSC could only shortlist five candidates for the six vacancies in the North and South Gauteng High Court.

 

The shortlisted candidates will be notified of the date, time and venue of the interviews in due course.

 

Issued by the Judicial Service Commission

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

06 March 2012

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