Adv Ntsebeza opens up about leaving Judicial Service Commission

Advocates Dumisa Ntsebeza and Ismael Semenya, who are both senior counsel, as well as attorney Andiswa Ndoni are three members of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) are to be replaced.

President Jacob Zuma thanked the group for their ‘indelible contribution’ in a statement on Thursday.

Ntsebeza explains the process and the President’s authority to appoint commission members and notes some of the milestones achieved in his role.

Its been quite a run since 2009 when I look back on things… There was always this imperative on those who sit in the JSC, where we were to do the best we could.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza

In 1994 there were 168 or so many judges, and all of them were white male expect two females and there were only three black judges.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza

If you look at the judicial landscape today there is a lot that we have done to contribute to what I think is a diverse and fair bench than it was in 1994.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza

Speaking on the lack of female representatives, Ntsebeza says quite a number of women have made themselves available for April’s JSC session and will stand for a position in the Constitutional Court.

He agrees even the highest court in the land does not have enough female representivity.

The number of females in the judiciary as you would like to have it - but then that is a function of availability as well as whether or not the women themselves in their institutions take up the cudgels to make sure they nominate suitably qualified females to sit on the bench.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza

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