JSC member quits

2013-04-12 16:04


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Judicial Service Commission (JSC) member Isak Smuts has resigned from his position on the JSC.

Smuts, who represents the advocates' profession, informed the commission on Friday that he was quitting, while the JSC was doing its last round of interviews to fill vacancies on the bench.

In a statement handed to reporters shortly after proceedings, Smuts launched a scathing attack on the JSC, similar to comments he made on the issue of transformation in a document handed to the JSC earlier in the week.

His discussion paper was titled: "Transformation and the Judicial Service Commission", in which he complains white males are being unfairly overlooked for judicial appointment.

In it, he reportedly said there exists "a very real perception in certain quarters that the JSC is, in general, set against the appointment of white male candidates except in exceptional circumstances".

In Friday's statement he described the track record of the JSC, during the few years he served on it, as "disturbing".

JSC spokesperson Dumisa Ntsebeza said Smuts did not refer to any such statements when he informed them of his resignation on Friday.

"He said this would be his last day and he was resigning for obvious reasons," Ntsebeza said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    jsc  |  dumisa ntsebeza  |  cape town  |  judiciary

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

6 reasons Boks won’t botch it
Fiji far too strong for Uruguay
Burger hopes for elusive World Cup win
As it happened: Fiji 47-15 Uruguay
Traffic Alerts

Relationships and significant connections may play an important role in your day today. Let the warmth of the Leo moon inspire you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.