Judge Thami Makhanya nominated for IEC

2011-04-28 12:58

Parliament’s portfolio committee voted today to recommend that the president appoints Judge Thami Makhanya to replace late Judge Herbert Msimang as an Independent Electoral Commission commissioner.

Opposition parties preferred Judge Simon Ndlovu, who served with Msimang on the KwaZulu-Natal bench, but were outvoted by five to six by the African National Congress.

ANC MP Andre Gaum argued it was irrelevant that Ndlovu helped to draft the Electoral Act, or took part in the multiparty negotiations at Codesa because he had less experience on the bench than Makhanya.

Makhanya was appointed as a high court judge to the Witwatersrand Local Division in 1999, while Ndlovu became a judge in 2004.

The Democratic Alliance’s Masizole Mnqasela disagreed, saying the nomination process “would not make any sense if you were to ignore a candidate like Judge Ndlovu”.

The committee’s recommendation will be given to the National Assembly on Tuesday for endorsement, but President Jacob Zuma makes the final appointment.

Six judges were shortlisted by Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo to replace KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Msimang, who died earlier this month, as one of the country’s five electoral commissioners ahead of the May 18 local government polls.

The other four were Judge Lazarus Tlaletsi, acting judge Mahube Molemela, Judge Jake Moloi and Judge Stephanus Hancke.

However Molemela’s name was scrapped from the list because all parties agreed that by law the position was not open to acting judges.

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