BLA welcomes call for sheriffs

2013-01-17 16:42

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Johannesburg - The Black Lawyers' Association (BLA) on Thursday welcomed Justice Minister Jeff Radebe's call for applications for vacant sheriff positions.

On Wednesday, Radebe said there were 130 positions to be filled and he called on those with technical competence and experience to apply.

"We call on all persons who are fit and proper to occupy the office of a sheriff... to apply for these vacant posts, to further enhance the transformation and to attain gender equality of the sheriffs profession," he said.

BLA president Pritzman Mabunda said Radebe's move positively contributed to addressing the injustices of the past.

"This bold initiative is clearly in line with the transformative agenda the minister has been and continues to embark upon in line with the constitutional imperatives," he said.

He encouraged the justice department to continue with such initiatives.

This will be the second major intake of sheriffs in the past year: in August, Radebe approved the appointment of 124.

Of the 130 posts advertised, 27 are in the Eastern Cape, 21 in the Free State, 19 in Limpopo, 14 in the Western Cape, 13 in the Northern Cape, 11 in KwaZulu-Natal, 10 in North West, eight in Mpumalanga and seven in Gauteng.

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