As chairperson of the Independent Commission for Remuneration of Public Office Bearers, Free State High Court judge Cagney Musi makes recommendations on pay increases for members of parliament.
So his presence in the interview chair immediately induced some light-hearted, slightly obsequious, joshing from the politicians on the Judicial Service Commission — with its self-styled wits Narend Singh of the Inkatha Freedom Party and the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Julius Malema leading the way.
The commission’s mood may have also been breezier following the withdrawal of Musi’s colleague on the Free State Bench, Judge Khalipi “Jake” Moloi: their job potentially made easier since Musi was an experienced administrator with 13 years experience in the magistracy and a further 11 at the high court in Bloemfontein.
In a convivial interview that lasted just over thirty minutes, Musi dealt easily with questions about transformation of the judiciary and his own administrative strengths (see profile above).
Asked about his acting stint in the Constitutional Court, Musi said he found it “quite daunting” and a “total paradigm shift” in terms of the nature of cases and the rigorous work required. He was duly recommended for appointment.