New judge warns about transformation

2013-04-21 12:28
The Constitutional Court (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Newly-appointed Constitutional Court judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga has warned that groups not represented on the Bench may be "at the receiving end of injustice", it was reported on Sunday.

Madlanga told City Press he believed transformation of the judiciary was necessary at all levels of the Bench in order to develop the country's justice system.

Demographically representative

"Transformation of the judiciary is imperative. Try as hard as one may to be open-minded, there is that self that one brings to the Bench and which one cannot extricate oneself from," he told the newspaper in an interview.

Madlanga's appointment, with effect from 1 August, was announced by President Jacob Zuma on Monday.

"One is what he or she is, not only because of the innate make-up but also as a result of external influences like race, background, education, culture etc," Madlanga said.

"If the Bench is not demographically representative, the groups that are not represented in it will forever not only be disadvantaged, but may well be at the receiving end of injustice," he was quoted as saying.

Madlanga, who is a senior advocate, is currently an evidence leader at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people during wage-related protests in Marikana, North West.

He was also the evidence leader in the inquiry into former national police commissioner Bheki Cele's fitness to hold office.

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