Bay judge gets appeal court vote

Estelle Ellis

PORT Elizabeth Judge Ronnie Pillay has been recommended by the Judicial Service Commission for a seat on the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) bench.

Pillay and Mthatha Judge Xola Petse, a prominent human rights lawyer who has acted in the appeal court, were recommended for vacant SCA positions yesterday.

Attorney Duncan Dukada, who has been filling acting positions on the Eastern Cape bench since 2008, was recommended for a permanent position on the bench.

Dukada was the presiding judge in the Herald’s successful application to gain access to the controversial Kabuso report last year.

Pillay was appointed as a judge of the Eastern Cape Court in 1997.

He was born in Port Elizabeth, studied at the University of Durban-Westville and joined the Port Elizabeth Bar in 1980. He was appointed as senior counsel in 1995.

He served as acting judge in the Transkei and in the Eastern Cape between 1995 and 1996.

Former public protector Selby Baqwa was recommended for a position in the North and South Gauteng High Court,

The JSC made its recommendations to President Jacob Zuma public yesterday. Zuma will appoint the candidates.

In its statement, the JSC deplored the lack of suitable candidates, saying it could only recommend three, including Baqwa, to fill six vacancies in Gauteng. Neither of the two candidates interviewed for the position of deputy judge president in KwaZulu-Natal was recommended.

“The JSC remains concerned about the number of competent and appropriately qualified candidates who are not making themselves available to be considered for appointment to the bench,” JSC advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza and spokesman Carel Fourie said.

They urged competent and appropriately qualified candidates to consider making themselves available “so as to contribute in building a judiciary that all are proud of”. Additional reporting by Sapa

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