Probe reveals slow pace of gender transformation in SA judiciary

During 2009 & 2012 the Judicial Service Commission interviewed over 200 people for 110 positions & only 24 women were appointed.

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JOHANNESBURG – The Commission of Gender Equality says its investigation has shown that there is a slow pace of gender transformation in the judiciary.

During 2009 and 2012 the Judicial Service Commission interviewed over 200 people for 110 positions, and only 24 women were appointed.

The commission has been investigating the issue for the past four years after receiving a formal complaint from the Democratic Governance & Rights Unit and Sonke Gender Justice.

The Commission of Gender Equality's Marissa van Niekerk says gender transformation in the judiciary is a complex and sensitive issue but their investigation shows that not enough is being done to ensure there are more females in the predominantly male legal profession.

Women are still not adequately represented with a total 173 male judges to 74 female judges.

The commission has recommended a national summit to ensure the presidency, Judicial Service Commission and Justice Ministry come up with practical solutions to this challenge.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)