Zuma appoints Makhanya to electoral commission

2011-05-10 13:07

President Jacob Zuma has appointed Judge Gidfonia Mlindelwa Makhanya as a member of the Electoral Commission, as recommended by the National Assembly.

In terms of the Electoral Commission Act the commission must consist of five members – one of them a judge appointed by the president, the presidency said in a statement.

The position became vacant when Judge Herbert Msimang died in April.

“Judge Makhanya has a long and distinguished history with the law and the South African courts, having served as acting judge of the South Gauteng High Court in 1999, acting judge of the Venda High Court and as a judge of the former Transvaal Provincial Division (now the South and North Gauteng High Courts).

“I am confident that Judge Makhanya will serve this important institution of our democracy with diligence and dedication that we have come to associate with him. We wish him all the success,” Zuma said.

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