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JSC appointments under scrutiny

The DA is seeking legal opinion on the NCOP's decision to appoint only ANC members to the JSC.

The DA is seeking legal opinion on the National Council of Province's decision to appoint only ANC members to the Judicial Service Commission.Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) says it's asking for legal opinion on whether the decision by the chamber to appoint only African National Congress (ANC) members to the Judicial Service Commission was constitutional.

On Tuesday, the NCOP decided that all four of the members it would appoint to the body that selects judges, would come from the ruling party.

DA Leader in the NCOP, Elza van Lingen, says it was wrong for the chamber to decide that no other parties would be represented among its JSC delegates.

"That position is a political one and there's no way that it is a provincial issue."

But ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says the NCOP is different to the National Assembly "because it is constituted by provincial delegates not necessarily by political parties."

This is a repeat of what happened in 2009 when the NCOP appointed only ANC members to the JSC.