On 31 October 2018 the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) published notices in the media calling for nominations of interested persons to fill 11 vacancies in the various superior courts. The closing date for submission of nominations was set for 03 December 2018. On 28 January 2019, the Screening Committee of the JSC met and compiled a short list of candidates to be interviewed at its April sitting, scheduled for 01-05 April 2019.
On 02 February 2019, the President of the Republic of South Africa informed the Chief Justice and Chairperson of the JSC that he has, acting in accordance with the provisions of section 174(3) of the Constitution, nominated Justice Xola Mlungisi Petse as a candidate to be considered for the vacant position of Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). The President thus seeks the views of the JSC on the suitability or otherwise of Justice Petse for the position of Deputy President of the SCA. The Chief Justice has responded to the President indicating that the JSC will interview Justice Petse at its April sitting, whereafter provide the President with its views. The names of the candidates to be interviewed by the JSC at its April 2019 sitting are as follows:
Judge Annali Christelle Basson – click here to read profile
Judge Patricia Lynette Goliath – click here to view profile
Judge Narandran Jody Kollapen – click here to read profile
Judge Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane – click here to read profile
Judge Stevan Arnold Majiedt – click here to read profile
Judge Zukisa Laura Lumka Tshiqi – click here to read profile
Nominations: The following names were recommended to the President; Judge Annali Basson, Judge Patricia Goliath, Judge Jody Kollapen, Judge Stevan Majiedt and Judge Zukisa Tshiqi.
Judge Daniel Vuminkosi Dlodlo – click here to read profile
Judge Trevor Richard Gorven – click here to read profile
Judge Caroline Elizabeth Heaton Nicholls – click here to read profile
Judge Yvonne Thokozile Mbatha – click here to read profile
Judge Pieter Andries Meyer – click here to read profile
Judge Fikile Eunice Mokgohloa – click here to read profile
Judge Selewe Peter Mothle – click here to read profile
Judge Clive Michael Plasket – click here to read profile
Judge Owen Lloyd Rogers – click here to read profile
Nominations: The following candidates were nominated for appointment; Judge Dlodlo, Judge Heaton Nicholls, Judge Mbatha, Judge Mokgohloa and Judge Plasket
No candidates were shortlisted.
In total, the JSC will interview 22 candidates. The shortlisted candidates will be notified of the date, time and venue of the interviews in due course.
Law bodies and members of the public wishing to comment on the suitability or otherwise of these candidates should address their comments to the Secretariat of the Judicial Service Commission at Chiloane@concourt.org.za and TPhaahlamohlaka@judiciary.org.za, Cc: JSC@judiciary.org.za. Comments must reach the Secretariat by no later than 08 March 2019.
Issued by the Judicial Service Commission
Enq: Mr C P Fourie 082 881 1737
DGRU APRIL 2019 Report:
Read the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit’s submission and research report on the judicial records of nominees for appointment to the High Court. Download the April 2019 Report.