Quote of the week

Although judicial proceedings will generally be bound by the requirements of natural justice to a greater degree than will hearings before administrative tribunals, judicial decision-makers, by virtue of their positions, have nonetheless been granted considerable deference by appellate courts inquiring into the apprehension of bias. This is because judges ‘are assumed to be [people] of conscience and intellectual discipline, capable of judging a particular controversy fairly on the basis of its own circumstances’: The presumption of impartiality carries considerable weight, for as Blackstone opined at p. 361 in Commentaries on the Laws of England III . . . ‘[t]he law will not suppose possibility of bias in a judge, who is already sworn to administer impartial justice, and whose authority greatly depends upon that presumption and idea’. Thus, reviewing courts have been hesitant to make a finding of bias or to perceive a reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of a judge, in the absence of convincing evidence to that effect.

L'Heureux-Dube and McLachlin JJ
Livesey v The New South Wales Bar Association [1983] HCA 17; (1983) 151 CLR 288
29 September 2011

New Electoral Commission members announced

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MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

RECOMMENDED CANDIDATES FOR THE IMPENDING VACANCIES IN THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION

The Panel chaired by the Chief Justice and comprising of the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, the Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality and the Public Protector established in terms of section 6(3) of the Electoral Commission Act 51 of 1996, and mandated to recommend candidates to the Committee of the National Assembly for appointment by the President to the Electoral Commission met on 27 September 2011, at the InterContinental Hotel, Johannesburg to interview shortlisted candidates for the impending vacancies in Electoral Commission.

The Panel reconvened on 28 September 2011 and recommended the following candidates to the National Assembly:

  1. Reverend Frank Chikane
  2. Reverend Bongani Blessings Finca
  3. Mr Paul Malcolm Graham
  4. Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa
  5. Dr Sebiletso Mokone- Matabane
  6. Mrs Phumelele Nzimande
  7. Ms Raenette Taljaard
  8. Ms Illona Tip
  9. Advocate Pansy Tlakula
  10. Mr Terry Ismael Tselane

Issued by Office of the Chief Justice

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