New judge warns about transformation

2013-04-21 12:28
The Constitutional Court (Picture: Sapa)

The Constitutional Court (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Newly-appointed Constitutional Court judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga has warned that groups not represented on the Bench may be "at the receiving end of injustice", it was reported on Sunday.

Madlanga told City Press he believed transformation of the judiciary was necessary at all levels of the Bench in order to develop the country's justice system.

Demographically representative

"Transformation of the judiciary is imperative. Try as hard as one may to be open-minded, there is that self that one brings to the Bench and which one cannot extricate oneself from," he told the newspaper in an interview.

Madlanga's appointment, with effect from 1 August, was announced by President Jacob Zuma on Monday.

"One is what he or she is, not only because of the innate make-up but also as a result of external influences like race, background, education, culture etc," Madlanga said.

"If the Bench is not demographically representative, the groups that are not represented in it will forever not only be disadvantaged, but may well be at the receiving end of injustice," he was quoted as saying.

Madlanga, who is a senior advocate, is currently an evidence leader at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people during wage-related protests in Marikana, North West.

He was also the evidence leader in the inquiry into former national police commissioner Bheki Cele's fitness to hold office.

Read more on:    judiciary

Join the conversation! 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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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 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.