Judges oppose proposed regulations

2012-01-27 09:03

Leading South African judges oppose Justice Minister Jeff Radebe’s plans to make them declare their financial interests.

In Parliament yesterday, Judge President of the Gauteng division of the high court Bernard Ngoepe and Supreme Court of Appeals Judge Robert Nugent said more than 200 judges opposed the draft regulations, The Times newspaper reported today.

The regulations could make them disclose their assets and business interests, and those of their families as part of Radebe’s judicial reforms.

Justice department official JB Skhosana said judges were currently under no obligation to declare their business interests because the law providing for this was passed in 2010. And as such, the required regulations were being worked on now.

The judges said there was no evidence to support the introduction of the regulations as there had only been one sitting judge found to have carried out questionable financial practices.

Nugent said disclosure of the financial and business interests of their families was an “irrational intrusion” of privacy and they would take this to the Constitutional Court if the draft was adopted.

Judges would support declarations made by sitting judges, with the chief justice controlling access to the register.

ANC member of Parliament and ad hoc committee chairperson Amos Matila said the proposal was being rejected because some within the judiciary could not explain their wealth.

Ngoepe said some senior counsel acted as judges and this might discourage them from doing so.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.