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Judge Zeenat Carelse
Judge Trevor Gorven
Judge Wendy Hughes
Judge Nolwazi Mabindla-Boqwana
Judge Selewe Mothle
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JSC concludes interviews for the 2 highest courts in SA
The Judicial Service Commission has concluded a three-day interview marathon for judges.
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Commissioner Madonsela SC asks why Rogers thinks he's only better for the SCA, considering the appeal hierarchy? Rogers says he can add more value to the SCA and deal with appeal issues make the CC's job easier in terms of crystallizing issues.
Madonsela also asks why Rogers refused to sit with a fellow judge and correct him? Rogers says he could not sit with the other judge in good conscious and believed it was the correct to do in the circumstances.
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Malema asks whether Ledwaba's decision to seal the CR17 Bank Statements has caused problems? Ledwaba says he did not himself decide to seal the documents, the parties were fighting over the issue, and he simply said they must be sealed until a court fully deals with the issue.
Commissioner Malema says he is 'jealous' of losing Ledwaba as a deputy judge president as the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) appointed him to succeed Mlambo, and asks for comment. Ledwaba says he understands the sentiment but the JSC will ultimately decide on his future.
14 April 17:28
Commissioner Malema asks Ledwaba why he ordered sealing of the CR17 Bank Statements documents in a meeting but wants a court order for unsealing? Ledwaba says there was a court order agreed by both parties in a case management meeting to seal the documents.
Ledwaba adds that the CR17 Bank Statements case was a Special Motion where a request was made that certain personal information of third parties not be disclosed ('sealed') before the case was fully heard in court. It has now been heard, and judgment is pending.
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14 April 16:50
CJ Mogoeng takes Koen to an incident in 2016 following a proposal for arms of state to embark on cost-cutting measures.
He says it became apparent after discussion with judges in the KZN division that there were concerns, and he had to address the judges at a meeting in September 2016.
Mogoeng says he left the meeting ‘concerned’ and was left questioning whether Koen treated the public, litigants, and other legal practitioners with respect.
“I have never seen Judges Jappie and Madondo so terrified – I didn’t understand until I had a meeting with you and your colleagues. There were three of you who spoke in a way that caused great concern.”
Mogoeng said the cost-cutting proposal furnished to commissioners was an appeal to the judge’s sense of responsibility.
“You were one of the leading voices in the meeting that I have characterized as one of the most unfortunate meetings judges should ever have. Your comments were the most discourteous comments I have ever heard a judge make to his colleagues. I was deeply concerned about how you treat advocates who appear before you...how you treat litigants and other legal practitioners.
“I was shocked, I said to myself, 'how did he become a judge',” Mogoeng added.
Replying to Mogoeng's concern Koen said: “I hear what you have said about your concerns, my intention was never to be discourteous or rude. If it was construed as such, I am saddened by that fact and apologize unreservedly.”
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Advocate Dali Mpofu points out that Hughes was on the Bench that dismissed former President Zuma's challenge to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's State of Capture report and displayed a fine grasp of the specific wording of the relevant laws.
He contends this does not accord with the GCB's criticism of Hughes' writing abilities.
14 April 14:57
Hughes says Judge President Maya dealt with her complaint against the two SCA judges she felt had undermined her.
"That shows you cannot just disrespect someone especially in a place of work. Especially when the place of work is the SCA," Hughes says.
14 April 14:55
Hughes is one of the judges who had adverse experiences in the SCA, where she had a disagreement with colleagues over the writing of a judgment and felt deeply disrespected.
She is also hitting back at criticism levelled against her by the General Council of the Bar, who wrote a scathing criticism of some of her writing abilities.
She says she believes she is good enough for the SCA.
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Maya states her admiration for Hughes' work ethic during her stint at the Appeal Court, where she acted for four stints.
During one of those stints, her parents were ailing and later passed away.
Despite this, Maya says, Hughes "did not ask for any favours".
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Judge Hughes has been serving at the Pretoria High Court.
One of her rulings - in relation to maladministration and contempt of court - was upheld by the Constitutional Court.
She says this was a huge boost to her confidence.
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Gorven says he believes that the courts are failing to properly protect and assist victims of gender-based violence.
He says such cases almost always only involve one witness and stresses that the prosecution needs to find supporting evidence to back up their testimony.
14 April 14:15
Gorven now asked why he and his colleague Eksteen - who are both white males - could not "settle it among themselves" who would apply for the SCA "to make our lives easier".
He laughs and says they both believe they will bring something different to the Appeal Court.
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In response to questions from Maya, Gorven says there has been a perception that certain cases had been "cherry-picked" so that certain judges got more interesting cases to deal with.
Maya stresses that her court has been working on this and says most of the acting judges currently have two judgments to write.
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Kwazulu-Natal High Court Judge Trevor Gorven now being interviewed for a position at the Appeal Court - where he has served in an acting position for three-and-a-half years.
He describes the court as a "pressure cooker" situation "where mutual support is absolutely crucial".