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ConCourt judge interviews to go ahead

Despite growing pressures for a female candidate to be appointed, the JSC will go ahead with interviews.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (R) and deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke during a case at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on 15 August 2012. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Monday said it was going ahead with its interviews of candidates for the Constitutional Court.

This despite growing pressures for a female candidate to be appointed.

All five of the candidates being interviewed on Friday were male, even though only two of the current 10 judges on the bench are female.

Yesterday, a group of legal academics and two Constitutional Court judges wrote a letter saying they were deeply worried about the situation.

The JSC's spokesman, CP Fourie, said they advertised widely for nominations.

"I'm surprised that people at that stage and stakeholders at that stage did not ensure that suitably qualified female candidates are in fact nominated."

He added, "The JSC does not nominate candidates for judicial appointment. The JSC advertises vacancies and invites nominations.

"Shortlisted candidates are then interviewed and the JSC makes recommendations."