Closed-door JSC meeting on Acting Appointments, white males

2013-04-09 00:00

THE Judicial Service Commission has kicked for touch, at least for now, on whether state advocates and prosecutors should be considered for appointment as acting judges.

And if you are white and male and you want to become a judge, you’re still in with a chance just like any other candidate for the bench.

This was the upshot of yesterday’s behind-closed-door meeting of the JSC in Cape Town.

While all eyes were on the call by Advocate Izak Smuts SC for fellow commissioners to “come clean” about whether white male candidates are still being considered for appointment to the bench, another hot potato remained under the radar.

The issue of whether state advocates and prosectors should be appointed as acting judges was discussed, but no “rash decisions will be taken”, JSC spokesperson Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC said.

The commission was of the view a lot more research was still needed on the subject.

Ntsebeza said he and fellow commissioner, Professor Engela Schlemmer, were tasked yesterday to investigate what the practice was in other countries.

“Our brief is to investigate further and do more research.”

On Smuts’s document, Ntsebeza confirmed it had been discussed at yesterday’s meeting and that Chief Justice Mogoeng would brief reporters later today.

He declined to comment further.

Reporters would also be briefed on who the JSC was recommending, if at all, for appointment to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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