KZN Judge President: Jappie’s appointment welcomed

2015-06-02 10:29
Judge Achmat Jappie new Judge President of the KwaZulu-Natal.

Judge Achmat Jappie new Judge President of the KwaZulu-Natal. (File)

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THE appointment yesterday of Judge Achmat Jappie as Judge President of the KwaZulu-Natal division of the high court was universally welcomed ­yesterday.

The appointment was one of several judicial appointments announced by President Jacob Zuma.

Advocate Rajesh Choudree, SC, who is the chairperson of the Society of ­Advocates of KZN and KZN chairperson of Advocates for Transformation, said Jappie’s appointment, though ­anticipated, was very welcome.

“We have done very well indeed with his appointment. Judge Jappie’s ­credentials are absolutely impeccable. He is held in high esteem throughout the country. He is an extremely well-read man and when one enters his chambers one is struck by the nature of his library.”

Choudree said everyone in legal ­circles, including the judiciary itself, and the public will be well served by ­Jappie’s appointment.

“We expect that he will bring ­enhancements to the functioning of the courts, its staff and the public,” said Choudree.

He added that it is hoped one of the foremost tasks Jappie will help tackle are the already well publicised “deplorable” conditions of Durban’s courts.

“It’s a well known fact that the judges, the attorneys, advocates and public are extremely concerned at the health issues, while the state is showing little interest in improving conditions,” said Choudree.

He said the situation was so bad that advocates are planning to “toyi-toyi” outside the high court in Durban.

Other judicial appointments ­announced by the Presidency are Judge Nambitha Dambuza as Judge of the SCA in Bloemfontein; Judge Rammaka ­Steven Mathopo as Judge of the SCA in Bloemfontein; Judge Ephraim Mampuru Makgoba as Judge President of the ­Limpopo division of the high court, ­Polokwane; Advocate Gerald Hercules Bloem, SC, as Judge of the Eastern Cape, Grahamstown; and Advocate Selby Mfanelo Mbenenge, SC, as Judge of the Eastern Cape, Bisho.

All appointments became effective yesterday (June 1)

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