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3/6/2012:Concourt a Good Place to Start Gender Transformation

As of January 2012, only 27 percent of the country's permanent judges were female, with women holding only 65 of the 233 positions on the Bench. This is not a great improvement from June 2009, when onl y 42 out of 205 were female. Our highest court in the land, the Constitutional Court, has only two females among the 10 serving justices.

Read the full Op-ed by Tabeth Mansengu, published in the Sunday Independent

18/3/2012:Crisis of Confidence at the Concourt


The Constitutional Court has an extraordinary international reputation. To say it "punches above its weight" in the arena of legal scholarship and practice would be a serious understatement, such is the high regard with which its jurisprudence is held.

A place on its bench used to be one of the most attractive positions a lawyer could aspire to. Now, apparently, hardly anyone wants to even touch it. Despite two attempts to attract nominations of sufficient quantity and quality, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has had to postpone the appointment process for the current vacancy on the Concourt, giving rise to numerous questions and rumours.

Read the full Op-ed by Chris Oxtoby and Richard Calland, published in the Argus

26/1/2012: A chance to give new life to gender body

For much of the past decade, the work of the Commission on Gender Equality, the chapter nine institution mandated to promote gender equality, has been hampered by serious institutional problems, organisational conflicts and a failure to act strategically. In 2007-08 and 2008-09, the commission received qualified reports from the auditor-general and in 2010 was called by Parliament's standing committee on public accounts to explain its financial affairs.

Read the full Op-ed by Chris Oxtoby and Jenni Williams, published in the Business Day

On 26 July 2011, the public were invited to make submissions on the draft Judges' Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill to parliament. DGRU staff made an oral submission.

Prof Richard Calland, director of the DGRU, told the committee that the proposed changes in the bill "remains constitutionally problematic".

Read a business day article which quotes Prof Calland.

Read a News24 article on the submission

Read Read the full submission