New Judges

2008-12-30 00:00

AS a correspondent pointed out yesterday, the administration of a country should rest on a politically neutral civil service, led by people with the wisdom that can only come from years of experience. Sadly, this is no longer the case in South Africa as “transformation” and political appointments at the top have eroded the old values and efficiencies.

Thankfully the bench, with all appointments carefully vetted by a Judicial Services Commission (JSC), seems to have been protected from the blight of political patronage. The recent appointments of five new judges to the KwaZulu-Natal bench and Justice Edwin Cameron to the Constitutional Court give every reason to believe that the high standards of jurisprudence which South Africa has enjoyed since 1994 will be maintained.

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