It’s not all serious...
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