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Suzman Foundation to appeal JSC ruling

The foundation is trying to overturn a JSC decision of the appointment of certain judges in 2012.

The foundation is trying to overturn a decision of JSC relating to the appointment of certain judges in 2012. Picture: RSC Inc

JOHANNESBURG - The Helen Suzman Foundation says it's going to appeal the Western Cape High Court ruling that it is not allowed access to the recordings and transcripts of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC)'s discussions about who to appoint as judges.

The foundation is trying to overturn a decision of the JSC relating to the appointment of certain judges in 2012.

The JSC has refused to hand over its records saying that to do so would stop the frank and robust discussion about certain candidates.

The foundation's Kameel Premhid says the JSC has a duty to make the records public.

"The JSC must be answerable to the decisions that it makes, especially where there is applied unlawfulness in their decision. We believe we should have test the decision to see if there was unlawfulness."

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