Cope wants woman as chief justice

2011-08-08 19:05
Johannesburg - A woman must be appointed in the post of Chief Justice, the Congress of the People Women's Movement pleaded with President Jacob Zuma on Monday.

In a letter to Zuma, the movement said: "[Mr] President we ask of you that you be the man who unleashes the potential of women in the judiciary and appoint a woman to be the chief justice of the country.

"We will not campaign for any name in this regard, as this may compromise the candidature of any woman who will be on the shortlisted names put before you.

"We are aware that our judiciary is filled with many women of courage, zeal and integrity."

The stewardship of women world over, when tasked to head institutions was admirable, it was written to Zuma.

"We are certain that the world is continuously going to see the rise of women to prominent positions, since the undoing of patriarchal measures across the world that were designed to contain the potential of women."

The letter was written in accordance with Women's Month, this August, and Women's Day, to be celebrated on Tuesday.

- SAPA
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