Pistorius‚ Zuma feature at JSC hearings for SCA candidates

05 April 2016 - 11:09 By Aarti J Narsee

After sitting till after midnight on Monday‚ the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) recommended two candidates for appointment at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Out of the six candidates‚ after one dropped out late in the evening‚ Judge Christiaan van der Merwe and Judge Connie Mocumie came out on top.When asked about her view on court proceedings being televised live and the effect on witnesses‚ the accused and judges‚ Judge Mocumie said: "Oscar Pistorius was too intrusive for me…there could have been limitations on when and how to do that."Judge Van der Merwe‚ who was asked about transformation‚ told the commission: "The truth of the matter is that there are too few women on the Supreme Court of Appeal. It is a difficult balancing act for you to carry out."Three out of the 11 judges at the SCA are women.Despite the late night‚ commissioner and Economic Freedom Front leader Julius Malema did not hold back in asking candidates questions relating to the Nkandla matter. He asked one candidate: "When a person is behaving inconsistently with the Constitiution‚ what does it mean?"The fallout from Nkandla affected proceedings by fast-tracking the hearings for SCA vacancies in light of Tuesday's parliamentary debate on the Democratic Alliance motion for President Jacob Zuma to be impeached.The JSC began interviewing 34 candidates for various vacancies at higher courts around the country on Monday. The commission consists of 23 representatives from the government and the legal community.The interviews will continue on Wednesday. – TMG Digital/Sunday Times

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