DGRU not optimistic of more female judge appointments

The Gender Equality Commission found evidence of structural sexism in the appointment of judges.

FILE: The Gender Equality Commission found evidence of structural sexism in the appointment of judges. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Governance and Rights Unit says it's not optimistic that more women judges will be appointed.

On Tuesday, the presidency said the Commission for Gender Equality had found that there was evidence of structural sexism in the appointment of judges and in the law profession after the unit lodged a formal complaint.

The commission has also said that the Judicial Service Commission does not appear to have clear procedures for making decisions about appointing judges.

University of Witwatersrand law professor Bonita Meyersfeld says black and female lawyers experience sexism in their daily working lives.

"Their clients will speak to the white person in the room and this invisibility leaves the views of the marginalised person unexpressed. They will either have to speak quickly or remain silent."