Mogoeng unimpressed as Judge President candidate jokes about late coming

2017-04-06 14:35
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (Beeld)

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (Beeld)

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Johannesburg – An unimpressed Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng reprimanded a candidate for a Judge President post in the Eastern Cape High Court for making light of matters which he said discredit the judiciary. 

Addressing the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Deputy President Zamani Nhlangulela failed to take seriously claims that some judges in his division were arriving at court as late as 11:00.

Replying to a question posed by Mogoeng about whether or not he was aware of this, Nhlangulela said: "I only have two eyes. If only I had 10 eyes I would know so now I am relying on what I am told. I am doing my best."

Mogoeng failed to find his response funny, especially after another commissioner had pointed out that the matter of judges' late coming was reported on in the media.

Mogoeng said he had a problem with the manner in which Nhlangulela was making light of the serious matter.

"I am sorry, Chief Justice," Nhlangulela sheepishly replied.

Shortage of female judges

Nhlangulela is one of four judges competing for the position.

Earlier, one of his competitors, Judge Mandela Makaula, painted a picture of the challenges faced in the Eastern Cape, which include a shortage of female judges.

Makaula said Grahamstown was a "tricky horse to ride" and had only produced three black judges.

He told the JSC that there were 82 advocates in the province, but only 10 of them were black and of those, only three were women.

He touched on the lack of courts in the province, saying witnesses travelled long distances to get to courts, and those using public transport only arrived in town after 10:00. 

Quizzed on what contributed to the lack of female judges, he said: "The major problem is mentoring. They have to be mentored."

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