It’s not all se­ri­ous...

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Chief Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng’s shiny new of­fice in Midrand has all the com­fort be­fit­ting his po­si­tion in our repub­lic (mi­nus the 15 or so com­put­ers that were re­cently stolen). There is a sep­a­rate build­ing for con­fer­ences and train­ing, a din­ing area for guests and enough armed se­cu­rity guards wan­der­ing around to wait out a siege.

The uri­nals, how­ever, had most reg­u­lar-sized peo­ple crouch­ing low to hit their tar­get, and left the weak-kneed won­der­ing if their po­si­tion­ing was fit­ted to spec – that of the ver­ti­cally chal­lenged chief jus­tice’s stream – lend­ing a new mean­ing to his favourite topic: “ef­fi­cient case-flow man­age­ment”.

Public Ser­vices and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Faith Muthambi has a dis­turb­ing grin – like a croc­o­dile leer­ing at an al­li­ga­tor-skin suit­case with mis­guided las­civ­i­ous in­tent.

This was used to good ef­fect at the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion when Muthambi, as act­ing jus­tice min­is­ter, filled in for her Cabi­net col­league Michael Ma­sutha.

Muthambi me­an­dered through the week with a glint of mis­chief in her smile, si­mul­ta­ne­ously dis­arm­ing and be­wil­der­ing in­ter­vie­wees with her ques­tions.

But the erst­while com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter demon­strated a won­der­ful sense of comedic irony when ask­ing Jus­tice Ray Zondo, who is or­gan­is­ing an up­com­ing con­fer­ence for judges, how he would en­sure “pru­dent fi­nan­cial man­age­ment” in its run­ning – to gig­gles from the public gallery.

Zondo re­sponded that he had qual­i­fied “fi­nan­cial peo­ple” to erad­i­cate malfea­sance. Muthambi was fu­ri­ously scrib­bling notes dur­ing his an­swer – per­haps ready­ing a memo to the SABC board, over which she had po­lit­i­cal over­sight dur­ing a pe­riod of unchecked mis­spending that saw it post­ing a net loss of R411 mil­lion last year.

– Staff re­porter

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