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ANCWL want more women in judiciary

ANCWL are calling for more women to be included in the country’s judiciary.

Constitutional Court.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC women's league and the gender commission have told Eyewitness News they want to ensure the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) recommends a woman to be the next Constitutional Court judge.

There are currently only two women among the 11 judges.

The JSC is currently asking for nominations to the court as Judge Zac Yacoob will soon be stepping down.

Women' league treasurer and Deputy Economic Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said the court needs to reflect the country's demographics.

"I think we have taken too long to realize the importance of ensuring that there are people who become a hub of transformation within the judiciary."

The gender commissions Jabu Baloyi said this is particularly important in light of discussions around the traditional courts bill.

"This will send a strong message if we have women in the judiciary."

The last vacancy saw Supreme Court of Appeal judge Mandisa Maya making the final shortlist, but President Jacob Zuma appointed judge Raymond Zondo to the top court.

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