Radebe: Sheriffs must reflect SA

2012-06-25 09:48

Johannesburg - Vacant posts for sheriffs must be filled in a way that reflects the country's demographics, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said at the weekend.

He was speaking at the founding ceremony of the SA Sheriff's Society in Bloemfontein, where the new organisation's constitution was handed to him, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.

Its establishment followed the dissolution of the United Sheriffs' Society and the SA Institute of Sheriffs.

Radebe said it was necessary to facilitate and encourage the appointment of women to the more than 248 vacant posts, and that the next three months would be of critical importance in the new organisation's existence.

"The filling of vacant posts should be regarded as the first step in the transformation of this profession from one that has been dominated by white men, to one that reflects our racial and gender demographics."

The vacant posts would be advertised in the Government Gazette by June 29 and would have to be filled by October.

  • Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-06-25 09:56

    Great. Another idiot that would appoint people based on race and gender rather than education.

      procold2 - 2012-06-25 10:04

      wait and see how this turns out, nothing will be repo'd in the disadvantaged community because that would be victimization,what a pr#ck.

      Michaele - 2012-06-25 10:06

      I cannot agree with you more. This approach was reflected in the 20-20 cricket result against Zimbabwe where the excuse for loosing is that "fringe" players were selected. Select the best for the job, one with experience, not like the new General of the police from ABSA...we need to get real in this country!!!!

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-06-25 10:07

      He meant Black people with qualification and skills.

      wesleywt - 2012-06-25 10:11

      Nah..he meant black people who have families in government.

      ebon.geist - 2012-06-25 11:16

      @Steen: I think it is pretty clear he meant that staff demographics should reflect national demographics (ie racial and gender ratios in SA). Which makes sense on one level, but he fails to consider one of the unfortunate realities of SA: Competence across racial groups is not equal, mainly because black South Africans have been and continue to be lacking in education and skills relative to other race groups in SA. Instead of addressing the underlying issue, this failure of a minister reckons that if we ignore the problem, it will go away. Fix education in this country. Find a way to make young black people competent at what they do, and employment equity will fix itself. Or keep your head in the sand and watch as the poor stay poor...

  • Adv Silver Make - 2012-06-25 09:57

    the move is long overdue Cde Minister! this positions must be made full time rather than part time, wherein people will take the position and appoint Deputies to do work for them.

      catgirl1971 - 2012-06-25 10:15

      I shot the Sheriff but I did not shoot the Deputy ....

      delano.els - 2012-06-25 10:51

      and you call yourself an advocate...they'll work you out as well my friend, don't be fooled...really, this is an absolute disgrace

      Johan De Beer - 2012-06-25 12:08

      Does Cde stand for "comrade"?

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-06-25 09:59

    OK, agreed. But what if the person of colour is not fit for the job?

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-06-25 10:08

      They will make sure that they hire people who will fit the purpose.

      delano.els - 2012-06-25 10:53

      then he'll clearly still get the job based on colour...a very clever move. give the job to someone who deserves it ffs...if it happens to be a black person, fair enough. but not based on colour

  • Ed - 2012-06-25 09:59

    minister, do us a favour and gfy.

  • Henk - 2012-06-25 10:00

    Hey Radebe! It is time to appoint the best person for the job!!! Not family and friends!

  • Kevin - 2012-06-25 10:01

    As long as the new appointees are not as steeped in corruption as some of the incumbents, it will be step forward. Merit would be better and some way of ridding society of those who are corrupt would improve the system.

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-06-25 10:02

    There's those two " dirty words " again.....White men !

  • Hermann - 2012-06-25 10:07

    Can't the racists get away from racism and genderism and simply become ordinary South Africans putting South Africans before pigmentation? Radebe should concern himself with the real problem - back logs in the justice system. Oooops sorry,that is work and as such taboo.

  • whoowhoohoo - 2012-06-25 10:09

    Well, let's be honest here. Idiocy, criminality, stupidity, the population of our prisons, poverty, laziness, begging, believing in stupid and unattainable promises, the composition of the government and the civil (rather un-civil) service, police and defence force reflect the demographics of South Africa, so why not include the sherrifs ? I am just concerned that my black bro's see the position of sherrif as it is depicted in the DSTV series on TV.

  • Ian - 2012-06-25 10:09

    sherriff's, well it is the wild west, bang bang bang lol

      catgirl1971 - 2012-06-25 10:14

      I shot the Sheriff .... LOL

      Ian - 2012-06-25 11:07

      @catgirl and i shuda shot the deputy too LOL

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-06-25 10:11

    Wonderful. More incompetent and corrupt fools appointed to important positions to eff up.

  • barbara.foster.50702769 - 2012-06-25 10:24

    Oh god, always the same..race race sick of it! Total a*se!

  • Gavin - 2012-06-25 10:30

    do the country a favor and vote against the ANC all they're concerned about is stealing, incompetence, nepotism, jobs for bum chums and anarchy. keep putting the wrong person in a critical position and you can expect the sh_t to always be like hitting the fan hey..

  • Christopher - 2012-06-25 10:44

    typical south africa, all about race this and equality that. Who cares what gender, colour or culture the people come from, the person taking up the position should be fully capable of handling all the challenges. How the hell is "representing the demographics of the country" going to be beneficial in any way. Once again, reverse discrimination.:'(

  • Jeff Potgieter - 2014-09-23 20:01

    it doesnt make any difference whether they are sherriffs ,generals ,captains or politicians they are all anc crooks all corrupt

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