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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)
26 October 2012

JSC announces judicial appointment

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

During the period 16-19 October 2012, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) conducted interviews in Cape Town for the vacant judges’ positions in the various divisions of the High Court.  After the conclusion of the interviews, the Chief Justice met with the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr J Z Zuma and presented the JSC’s recommendations as follows:

1. 1.            Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha and Port Elizabeth)

The JSC advertised two vacancies in the Eastern Cape High Court and six candidates were shortlisted and interviewed for these two vacancies.  The JSC has recommended that the President should appoint the following candidates to the Eastern Cape High Court:

Adv Murray John Lowe SC

Ms Buyiswa Majiki

 

1. 2.            Electoral Court

There were two vacancies advertised by the JSC and three candidates were shortlisted and interviewed.  The JSC has recommended that the President should appoint the following candidates as Judges of the Electoral Court:

Judge Dimpheletse Seun Stanley Moshidi; and

Judge Willem Lőtter Wepener

 

1. 3.            KwaZulu-Natal High Court

The JSC advertised a single vacancy of Deputy Judge President and two candidates were shortlisted and interviewed.  The JSC decided to recommend that the President should appoint Judge Achmat Naaim Jappie as Deputy Judge President of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

1. 4.          North and South Gauteng High Court

The JSC advertised three vacancies in the North and South Gauteng High Court.  Two candidates were shortlisted and interviewed for these positions.  The JSC has recommended that the President should appoint Adv David Stephanus Fourie SC as a Judge of the North and South Gauteng High Court.

1. 5.          Western Cape High Court

The JSC advertised four vacancies in the Western Cape High Court.  Eight candidates were shortlisted and interviewed for these vacant positions.  Prior to the interviews the JSC was informed by the Deputy Judge President of the Western Cape High Court that a fifth vacancy had arose in the Western Cape High Court and the JSC should consider recommending five candidates to the President.  Following the interviews the JSC recommended that the following candidates should be appointed by the President as Judges of the Western Cape High Court:

Ms Judith Innes Cloete

Mr Mokgoatji Josiah Dolamo

Ms Babalwa Pearl Mantame

Adv Owen Lloyd Rogers SC; and

Adv Ashton Schippers SC

 

Issued by the JSC

Adv Ntsebeza SC and Mr CP Fourie

Contact details: 082 467 2490 and 082 881 1737

Email:Ntsebeza@mweb.co.za and CPFourie@fsf.co.za

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