JSC not concerned about ‘Zuma judge’

2010-04-21 12:37

It would not be a problem if President Jacob Zuma appointed the

judge who acquitted him of rape, to one of the top positions in the judiciary,

the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has said.

Gauteng acting deputy judge president Willem van der Merwe made it

onto the list of judges recommended for the country’s judicial posts that Zuma

must confirm.

“President Zuma is merely acting on the advice of the JSC ... he is

just at the end of a process,” said JSC spokesperson Dumisa Ntsebeza in


The president was not involved in the interviews nor the

nominations which were conducted by secret ballot.

Nominations came from professional and individual bodies and went

through a long process before a final list was drawn up.

Zuma was acquitted of rape in 2006.

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