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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Rebecca Davis.]

Does the public have a right to more information about the process in which South Africa’s judges are appointed? The Helen Suzman Foundation argues that the currently secret deliberations of the Judicial Service Commission should be a matter of public record – but the JSC disagrees. The issue has been working its way through the courts for four years, and on Thursday finally reached the Constitutional Court.

There are few job interviews more public than those which lead to the appointment of South African judges. Would-be judges are interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in full view of the public and media – and commissioners, including the likes of EFF leader Julius Malema, often do not hold back in their questioning.

Candidates must arrive prepared to have their professional records and sometimes even personal lives scrutinised and interrogated. It is an experience that can leave even the most hardened legal personalities visibly quaking.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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