Constitutional Law expert Professor Shadrack Gutto says a decision by President Jacob Zuma to nominate Constitutional Court Judge Raymond Zondo to become the next deputy chief justice is correct.
But Gutto adds, the current composition of the Constitutional Court remains a problem.
Zondo was a really path-breaking judge in the labour court and labour court of appeal, and I think that is important to bring into the picture of how the Constitutional Court is comprised.— Prof. Shadrack Gutto, Constitutional Law Expert
But the problem is the composition of the Constitutional Court which needs more women at this point. And from that point of view I think he may be excluded on the basis of gender balance at the Constitutional Court.— Prof. Shadrack Gutto, Constitutional Law Expert
The African National Congress has itself called for more progressive judges to be appointed to the Judicial Service Commission.
In a _Sunday Times _report the ruling party suggests how it would like to see more progressive judges be appointed across all courts.
The ANC was reported as saying that some judges have a counter-revolutionary agenda that does not necessarily promote a transformation agenda.
I think the ANC cannot define for the country what progressive means because it is not progressive in itself.— Prof. Shadrack Gutto, Constitutional Law Expert
If the ANC thinks it wants progressive judges, all it wants is judges that are compliant to the ANC policies and I don’t think that is good for the country.— Prof. Shadrack Gutto, Constitutional Law Expert
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This article first appeared on 702 : Constitutional Court needs more women and less ANC stooges - analyst