Mogoeng defends JSC appointments

The JSC on Friday announced its recommendations for judges to fill vacancies in the judiciary.

A GCIS released photo dated 8 September 2011 of Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

PRETORIA - The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has announced its recommendations for judges to fill vacancies in the judiciary.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng addressed the media on Friday, and gave a strident speech defending criticisms of the appointment process.

Advocate David Fourie was been appointed as a judge in Gauteng, while Judith Cloete, Mokgoatji Dolamo, Babalwa Mantame, Owen Rogers and Ashton Schippers were appointed as judges in the Western Cape.

The appointments confirm that Advocate Jeremy Gauntlett has again been overlooked.

Mogoeng defended the appointments.

"Candidates, and those who support their appointment, would do well to remember that like all others - they are candidates.

"However skilled a candidate may be, as the Afrikaners may put it: 'Dis nie 'n uitgemaakte saak nie' [it's not a given]".