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Advocate Smuts quits JSC

Advocate Izak Smuts has resigned from the Judicial Service Commission.

Supreme Court of Appeal benches. Picture: Supplied by the court.

JOHANNESBURG - Judicial Service Commission (JSC) member Advocate Izak Smuts on Friday resigned, saying it has a disturbing track record in its judicial appointments.

The JSC has been strongly criticised this week after Judge Clive Plaskett was overlooked for promotion to the Supreme Court of Appeal, allegedly because of his race.

Smuts has launched a scathing attack on the JSC, saying he has been in despair many times over the appointments made by the commission.

He also said the JSC has lost several court cases which have seriously tarnished its image.

Earlier this week, Smuts appeared to be criticised by other JSC members after allegedly leaking a discussion document saying the commission deliberately overlooked white men.

In 2012, the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned its decision to leave two judicial positions vacant despite the fact there were qualified white candidates.

Earlier this week, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng made it clear he was committed to transformation.

Mogoeng said "merit does count, but it is not all about merit. Transformation is just as important."