We wanted a female ConCourt judge - ANCWL

The ANCWL said it was unfortunate a female judge was not appointed to the Constitutional Court.

Judge Raymond Zondo was appointed as a Constitutional Court judge by President Jacob Zuma on 14 August, 2012. Picture: Sunday Times

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) on Tuesday said it was unfortunate a female judge was not appointed to the Constitutional Court.

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday appointed Judge Raymond Zondo to fill the vacancy left by former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo who served in the court for 12-years.

It was Zondo's second time being interviewed for the post after serving as an acting judge in the court.

His appointment means nine out of 11 of the court's judges are now men.

The women's league spokesperson, Troy Martens, said the appointment was an opportunity missed.

"We need more women in these high powered court roles, especially considering that the courts aren't always friendly to women".

But she stressed that the league did not assess candidates for the position.

Meanwhile Shadrack Gutto, a professor at the University of South Africa, said the highest court is a heavily male-dominated one.

"One would have thought that at least this time around we would try increase the number of women (judges in the courts)."

Supreme Court of Appeal judge Mandisa Maya was the only female candidate up for the post alongside Zondo, Robert Nugent and Lebotsang Bosielo.