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‘Sexism, patriarchy continue to plague SA’s judiciary’

The Commission for Gender Equality has revealed findings on gender transformation in the judiciary.

FILE. The findings reveal a lack of accountability from the Judicial Service Commission to ensure that more women are appointed as judges. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - A report by the Commission for Gender Equality has found that sexism and patriarchy continue to plague the country's judiciary, resulting in slow gender transformation.

The commission has handed over its report on the representation of women in the judiciary to President Jacob Zuma.

The findings reveal a lack of accountability from the Judicial Service Commission to ensure that more women are appointed as judges.

The commission was asked to look into this by human rights organisations, who complained about gender discrimination.

Presidential Spokesperson Bongani Majola says the president will forward the recommendations to the relevant departments.

"The president has noted, heard the recommendations of the report, and we thank the commission for its extensive investigation."

He adds the president has directed the relevant departments to implement the recommendations of the report.

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