Letter to De Rebus Appointment of Chief Justice
Our reference: MR L.M. KOBRIN
Date: 10th August 2009
APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUSTICE
Over the past few years, there has been much publicity concerning the manner in which Members of the Judiciary perform their functions. The Law Society of South Africa has spoken out admirably and correctly against vicious and malicious attacks on the Judiciary, (many of which were, most unfortunately, politically motivated). The nomination by President Zuma of Justice Sandile Ngcobo as his choice for appointment as Chief Justice, has also evoked publicity.
Whilst President Zuma's choices appears to be of a Man who has an impressive record and has proved himself as an able Jurist, the wave of publicity surrounding this appointment, is that President Zuma overlooked Justice Dikgang Moseneke, the present Deputy Chief Justice because of his political affiliation, which is not in accordance with the views of the Ruling Party.
In the event that the choice of Justice Ngcobo as the preferred candidate is because of Political considerations, then we enter a most dangerous evolution in our new and young democracy. Our new democracy has brought with it a remarkable constitution and what is required in its implementation, is a Judiciary of able, competent, and fearless Jurists who will apply the Law independently of any considerations which are politically motivated.