48 new senior magistrates appointed
Publish date: 10 April 2017
Issue Number: 721
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa
The Acting Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Faith Muthambi, has appointed 48 senior magistrates in various courts across the country. An SA News report says the appointment of the new candidates – who will assume their new roles on 1 May – is in line with government’s commitment to transform the judiciary. The department said the appointments bring about fundamental reforms in the racial and gender demographics within the judicial arm of the state. Of the 48 appointed, 47 are black and 23 are women. ‘As a result, black magistrates comprise 1 000 (64%) of the 1 570 magistrates in the country. About 702 (45%) of the magistrates are women,’ the department said.