Radebe blocks judge in­ter­views

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JUS­TICE MIN­IS­TER Jeff Radebe sparked a con­tro­versy about SA’s ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence when he forced a post­pone­ment of sched­uled in­ter­views by the Ju­di­cial Ser­vices Com­mis­sion for candidates vy­ing for po­si­tions in the Supreme Court of Ap­peal. The min­is­ter re­quested more time to con­sider is­sues re­lat­ing to the trans­for­ma­tion of the ju­di­ciary. BUSI­NESS DAY said Radebe’s forced post­pone­ment – plus the fact that it took the whole day for the JSC to take the de­ci­sion – was cause for con­cern. The Ci­ti­zen noted the new lead­er­ship of the rul­ing party’s strong de­sire to trans­form the ju­di­ciary but said trans­for­ma­tion for the ANC meant de­ploy­ment of its cadres to in­flu­en­tial po­si­tions to do the party’s bid­ding.


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