Total number of female magistrates now at 48%, says deputy justice minister

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffery says the total number of female magistrates is now at 48% with a move by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola, who has appointed 207 new magistrates, among them 105 women.

Jeffery says the ministry is striving toward both race and gender transformation to ensure that the magistracy is more reflective of the demographics in South Africa.

There are a number of women in leadership positions, so of the regional court presidents there is one for each province, five are men, four are women... so it is something we are striving for.

John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

The appointments will take effect from the 1st of February, the magistrates have to go for a month's training and then they are sitting on their benches in their courts from the 1st of March.

John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

Women are over half the population of South Africa, the magistracy and the judiciary need to reflect that.

John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

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