SA justice news round-up

No women are among the candidates to replace retired ConCourt judge Zak Yacoob. (Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu for IOL)

No women are among the candidates to replace retired ConCourt judge Zak Yacoob. (Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu for IOL)

Interviews for Constitutional Court position

The Mail & Guardian reports that interviews for the ConCourt position vacated by retired Justice Zak Yacoob will take place today, Friday 22 February. The all-male list of candidates continues to cause controversy, however, as Section 174(2) of the Constitution requires the judiciary to reflect the gender composition of the nation. Kathleen Hardy of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand is quoted in the article as saying the lack of gender representation was “unacceptable”.

Read “Women in ConCourt row won’t go away”. 

Costly justice

The New Age highlights the high cost of legal services, with one of its sources saying that Oscar Pistorius may be paying an experienced advocate as much as R50 000 per day in fees.

Read “Legal costs a whopper.” 

Durban socialite’s early release on parole criticised

Opposition parties have criticised the impending release on parole of Durban socialite Sifiso Zulu. Zulu, who was sentenced to three years in jail after a 2008 accident in which two people died and 10 others were injured, is due to be released next week after serving just nine months.

Read the New Age’s “Release fury”.

George Bizos criticises Legal Practice Bill

Speaking on behalf of the Legal Resources Centre, prominent human rights lawyer George Bizos has called for aspects of the Bill related to the minister’s regulatory powers to be reconsidered. According to the Mail & Guardian, Bizos says he objects to a situation where the executive would have powers to control key aspects of the functioning of the legal profession.

Read “George Bizos rails against proposed Bill”.

Mental health problems associated with tough police job

The national police commissioner Gen Riah Phiyega has attributed suicides among members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to the stressful work they do. According to the New Age, Phiyega recently spoke about depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among the police, adding that 500 religious leaders from various denominations are available to provide help the SAPS members.

Read “Cop suicides ‘still high but declining’ ”.

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