Office of Chief Justice urged to fast track transformation

2016-04-06 20:08
(Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath, News24)

(Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath, News24)

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Cape Town – The Office of the Chief Justice has been urged to fast track transformation.

The office presented their annual performance plan to the justice and correctional services committee in Parliament on Wednesday.

Committee chairperson, Mathole Motshekga, told the department that whenever they interacted with them, the need for urgent transformation was always highlighted.

Transformation, however, should not be about colour, but about transforming the laws, he said.

“Let’s transform the content of the laws. We have done very well in the transformation in the judiciary. But we have interpreted it as replacing the white with black,” he said.

Swapping white lawmakers for black ones should not be the focus of transformation, he said, as it was part of correcting apartheid injustices.

Transform content of justice

“We have to transform the content of justice, which will make colour irrelevant.”

He called for ubuntu to be at the heart of transformation of the office of Chief Justice.

The office's secretary general, Memme Sejosengwe, said transformation was receiving urgent attention. She took the MPs through their targets, and plans, which included finalisation of land claims, and labour cases.

She also told the committee that the budget cuts implemented in their department had mostly affected the Mpumalanga High Court. But they were in negotiations with Treasury regarding that, she said.

For the 2016/17 year, the department had a total budget of R1.7bn, she said. Over R800m of this was for judges' salaries, while R55m was for transfers and subsidies.

The committee also received presentations from the justice department and the Special Investigative Unit.

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