Next chief justice: NPO objects to Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo's nomination

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Judge Dunstan Mlambo, Judge President of Gauteng. Photo: Sarel van der Walt
Judge Dunstan Mlambo, Judge President of Gauteng. Photo: Sarel van der Walt
  • Limpopo Legal Solutions, a non-profit organisation, has objected to the nomination of Dunstan Mlambo as the next chief justice.
  • According to the organisation, Mlambo's appointment would not "enhance the image of the judiciary". 
  • It said his appointment would send a "wrong message to members of the public". 

Limpopo Legal Solutions, a non-profit organisation, has objected to the nomination of Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo as the next chief justice.

In a letter to the short-listing panel, the organisation said Mlambo's appointment would send a "wrong message to members of the public and taint the image of the judiciary".

It accused him of being an obstacle in a corruption case against Limpopo Judge President Ephraim Makgoba.

The organisation claimed a Hawks investigator had to date been struggling to finalise the investigation in the case due to alleged resistance on the part of Mlambo.

"Mlambo JP would be very rude and intimidating to the Hawks investigating officer who to date has yet to furnish the Limpopo Legal Solutions NPO with an update in respect of the corruption case.

"The obstructive conduct of Mlambo amounts to defeating the ends of justice since Limpopo Legal Solution is the voice of the voiceless and always acts in the interest of members of the public in terms of Section 38[d] of Constitution Act 108 of 1996.

"Mlambo JP's conduct is clearly a violation of basic human rights, and thus his appointment will be rejected by the public."

The organisation believed Mlambo's appointment would not "at all enhance the image of the judiciary but would reflect badly on the entire judiciary and the Republic of South Africa".

READ | Next chief justice: Panel receives more than 500 public comments - for and against nominees

Eight candidates have been nominated for the chief justice position after President Cyril Ramaphosa asked the public for input.

A shortlist is expected to be submitted to Ramaphosa by no later than 29 October.

On Wednesday, Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale said the short-listing panel had received more than 500 submissions of public comment in support of and objection to eligible nominees.

"The panel is in the process of evaluating these comments and engaging nominees on these submissions. The panel will address objections to shortlisted nominees in its report to the president," he added.

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