Minister ready to appoint judges

AT EASE: Jeff Radebe. Pic: Thembinkosi Dwayisa. © Sunday Times.
AT EASE: Jeff Radebe. Pic: Thembinkosi Dwayisa. © Sunday Times.

THE postponed appointment of 12 judges across the country will resume on July 19.

THE postponed appointment of 12 judges across the country will resume on July 19.

The process was initially scheduled for June 9 but Justice Minister Jeff Radebe put it on hold, citing the need to consider the independence and transformation of the judiciary as the reasons.

Radebe said yesterday he was ready to proceed with the appointments and to address all issues relating to the administration of justice in the country.

Chief Justice Pius Langa, chairperson of the Judicial Services Commission, had invited nominations to fill three vacancies in the Supreme Court of Appeal, four in the Transvaal Provincial Division, one in Eastern Cape, two in the Cape Provincial Division and one each in the Labour Appeal Court, the Free State Division and the Limpopo high court in Venda.

The JSC is currently embroiled in controversy with Cape Judge President John Hlophe. They have tackled each other in and out of court over allegations of misconduct against Judge Hlophe, who has in turn accused the commission of being biased and holding a political agenda against him.

"We needed to be indicted into the workings of the JSC. Now I am ready to embark upon all issues relating to the administration of justice in South Africa," said Radebe.

The interviewing process is expected to take place from July 19 to 21 at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town.

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