Judges get new code of conduct

2011-01-19 10:42

Johannesburg - According to a draft code of conduct, judges should not belong to political parties and should not become involved in political controversy, Business Day newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Judicial Service Commission Amendment Act of 2008 provided for the drafting of a code of conduct for judges and for the creation of a register of judges' financial interests, similar to those that applied to MPs.

The draft was compiled by Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo and the heads of court and was revealed to Parliament on Tuesday.

Head of policy development at the justice department Jacob Skosana said the act sought to "create a balance between protecting the independence and dignity of the judiciary when considering complaints about, and the possible removal from office of, judicial officers, and the overriding principles of openness and accountability that permeate the Constitution (and oblige) the chief justice in consultation with the minister, to compile a code of conduct which must be tabled by the minister in Parliament for approval".

Skosana said breach of the code, once it had been approved, would be grounds for a formal complaint against a judge.

  • Stevie - 2011-01-19 11:10

    I'm not a judge nor an expert on the workings of the judiciary, but this sounds like a step in the right direction to me.

      Ayoba-101 - 2011-01-19 11:39

      Realistically one step forward for the ANC is 100 steps backwards after they win the vote of the people. We should not be so naive to believe all this pre-local election garbage, being spewn out of the mouths of our 'leaders' that are lieing & stealing daily from the very people that put their faith in them !!!

  • ekke - 2011-01-19 11:16

    Well about bloody time. But, them not being card-carrying memebers won't stop them from still supporting a certain party, and being prejudiced still...

  • Will99 - 2011-01-19 11:17

    About time!

  • John Clark - 2011-01-19 11:31

    Hope it covers drunk driving too....Hakuna "Motata"!

      John Clark - 2011-01-19 11:41

      Also wonder if it will affect the tenure of Slippery "Hlope"...?

  • John Clark - 2011-01-19 11:33

    Hope it covers drunk driving too....Hakuna "Motata"!

  • IceBlaster - 2011-01-19 11:59

    My question is why did it take them this long? It should have been done much sooner

  • Amun Ra - 2011-01-19 12:40

    Accountability? U must be joking

  • Mike - 2011-01-19 12:52

    But who could possibly be suitable for a position in the NPA without a political affiliation?? Its long overdue that we have an impartial judiciary in this country.

  • v3 - 2011-01-19 13:20

    So now that the ANC has packed the JSC and bench with cronies, crooks and "transforms" they want to stop the their successors from doing the same. Whom do they fear? Cosatu, a new Labour Party, the DA?

  • Kenko - 2011-01-19 13:44

    This is just a draft. It will never go through, since the ANC only apointed loyal judges which will be lenient to ANC members.

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