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White judges debate continues

An announcement will be made on the JSC’s position on whether it will appoint white judges.

An announcement will be made on the JSC’s position on whether it will appoint white judges.

JOHANNESBURG - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is expected on Tuesday announce whether the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will have a new official position on whether it will appoint white male judges.

The JSC spent Monday discussing a paper written by one of its members who said the commission was being dishonest by putting white men through a charade of an interview.

Officials won't give any hints about Monday's proceedings, but the issue of race has generally been the elephant in the room during JSC interviews.

In his paper Commissioner Izak Smuts said it would be unconstitutional for the JSC to simply refuse to appoint more white men.

But legal academic Professor Shadrack Gutto has disagreed.

He said he believes it would be more honest and in keeping with the constitution for the JSC to publically say it won't appoint white men because they are over represented as judges.