BLA welcomes call for sheriffs

2013-01-17 16:42

Johannesburg - The Black Lawyers' Association (BLA) on Thursday welcomed Justice Minister Jeff Radebe's call for applications for vacant sheriff positions.

On Wednesday, Radebe said there were 130 positions to be filled and he called on those with technical competence and experience to apply.

"We call on all persons who are fit and proper to occupy the office of a sheriff... to apply for these vacant posts, to further enhance the transformation and to attain gender equality of the sheriffs profession," he said.

BLA president Pritzman Mabunda said Radebe's move positively contributed to addressing the injustices of the past.

"This bold initiative is clearly in line with the transformative agenda the minister has been and continues to embark upon in line with the constitutional imperatives," he said.

He encouraged the justice department to continue with such initiatives.

This will be the second major intake of sheriffs in the past year: in August, Radebe approved the appointment of 124.

Of the 130 posts advertised, 27 are in the Eastern Cape, 21 in the Free State, 19 in Limpopo, 14 in the Western Cape, 13 in the Northern Cape, 11 in KwaZulu-Natal, 10 in North West, eight in Mpumalanga and seven in Gauteng.

  • kalabafazi - 2013-01-17 16:45

    ""We call on all persons who are fit and proper to occupy the office of a sheriff... to apply for these vacant posts, to further enhance the transformation and to attain gender equality of the sheriffs profession," he said." Alternatively, if you have any family members in the upper enchelons of the government just give Mr Radebe a phone call. Can White lawyers join the BLA?

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-17 18:49

      Yes, whites can join the BLA. Source:

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-17 18:57

      Leornardb1, it will help to base your comments on some research, and not on ignorance and hope for "likes." The ff information is in the public domain: "Previously, out of a total of 234 sheriffs, 167 (71,36%), were white, 44 (18,8%), African, 12 (5,12%) Indian and 11 (4,7%) coloured. The gender composition of the profession was even more concerning with 196 (83,76%) men and a mere 38 (16,23%) women. The demographic transformation of the Sheriffs’ profession with regard to racial and gender representivity is a constitutional imperative. On 31 August 2012, the Minister approved the appointment of 124 Sheriffs. Of these appointments, 64 (50, 3%) were African, 44 White (34, 6%), 12 Coloured (9, 44%) and 7 Indian (5, 51%). Women represent 40 (31, 49%) of the new appointees and men 87 (68, 50%)." Source:

  • caine.abel.75 - 2013-01-17 16:57

    so its only about transformation and gender equality and nothing relating to the actual position

      bob.spaps.1 - 2013-01-17 17:53

      eish it too you all this time to work it out

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-17 18:51

      I did not read anywhere about appointments being "only nly about transformation and gender equality and nothing relating to the actual position." But I read that appointees must be "fit and proper" persons. I think one needs to look at the advertisements before jumping to silly conclusion

  • Jaap - 2013-01-17 16:58

    If you are White, no you can't! Try the "White Lawyers association". Is there one or would it be classified as a racist association?

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-01-17 17:50

      As the spokesperson for the White Afrikaans SA Citizens Convention (WASACC) hereby lodge a complaint against minister Radebe's call for black people to apply for the position of Sheriff. Although black is not mentioned in this bulletin, it is definitely stressed that these would be transformation appointments. When the ANC came to power (handed over by De Klerk and cronies, we were promised that what happened in the past will "never happen again". But then again, you can never trust what an ANC politician says, can you?

  • Sibusiso - 2013-01-17 17:28

    I think the relevant question should be ,does the constitution of the BLA explicitly state that only Blacks can join it? .Don't get worked up by their name. It's only hitorical .Even the BMF's explicitly allow whites to join it. Even the PAC had white members joining it long time ago.Your own Afriforum allows Blacks to join even though its primary aim is to protect white interests.

  • mark.booysen - 2013-01-17 17:30

    Let the pilfering begin.!

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-01-17 19:59

      What is a sheriff in South Africa. I thought I was well read, but only know of an American sheriff. What does he do and is he the head of police in a town or district or just somebody on the payroll.

      rita.dubruyn - 2013-01-17 21:02

      Patricia the sheriff deliver summons and judgements to debtors and Emolument attachment orders to employers. he is also the one who have to do warrant of executions should a debtor fail to pay and his/her property is to be auctioned off,

  • raymond.kok3 - 2013-01-17 18:23

    so i as a so called coloured will not be able to apply ,why do they come with the fancy footwork say what you mean that its jobs for blacks ,i know now that i am the wrong shade of black ,and down the drain goes the integritty of the proffesion

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-17 18:59

      Your comment is factually incorrect. Please visit this link:

  • Erna - 2013-01-17 18:25

    Am I missing something here? Where does it say '130 vacancies for black sheriffs'?

      Erna - 2013-01-17 20:18

      Why the thumbsdown? Why should other races not be able to apply? Just because the BLA presumes that it is only open to black people? Why do the say that?

  • morne.hennings.5 - 2013-01-17 18:37

    Howdy partner?

  • bcluley - 2013-01-17 19:55

    This is why theres racisim in this this black that , and we must accept it. What do you think if the was a union called tue white lawyers union....then that would be racist. Honestly

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-17 20:38

      There is a group called Afrikaner Taal en Kultuurvereniging? Nobody calls them racist. The BLA's membership is open to all. White lawyers I am sure can form their union too, as long as they can open membership to everyone who subscribes to their vision and mission, all will be in order

      Erna - 2013-01-17 21:43

      The Afrikaner Kultuur en Taalvereniging has existed since long before 1994 and is more about the language than being white. The Afrikaans people have always had separate organisations to protect their culture. They even have the Afrikaans version of the Scouts, the Voortrekkers.

  • frlkmoeta - 2013-01-17 20:33

    People should stretch out the mandates and entrustments of the( BLA) as an independent organization. Why are we always tapping for wrongs even when its unnecessary?? This is one of the democratic organizations that represent the Lawyers.

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-01-17 23:39

    I smell a 4km run in the air... "We call on all persons who are fit"

  • piet.boerie - 2013-01-18 08:54

    We fought against racism but now its ok cos the boot is on the other foot. No Mrs White South Africa and no BLA. Writing race in the constitution is still racism and the same as apartheid race based policies and this rubbish Afrikaans been white is daft and only for the un-educated on both sides. You cannot preach racial tolerance but not pratice it by name or by action it makes you 2 faced unless its what you want to be, the victim becomes the abuser?

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