New magistrate appointments increase female representation

Business Live writes that more than half of the 207 magistrates appointed by justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola are women, a move expected to improve female representation in the judiciary. More than half of the country’s population is female and the appointment of the 105 women, to take effect from February 2020, is expected to transform the magistracy to reflect the demographics of the country. In 1998, there were 284 female magistrates countrywide, the department said. In June 2019, before the new magistrates were appointed, there were 758 female magistrates nationally.

“The new appointments which we are now making will even further strengthen gender transformation, as more than half of the new incumbents are female, thus bringing the total number of female magistrates to 863 [out of 1,803],” said department spokesperson Chrispin Phiri. “This means that 47.8% of our magistracy [is] female.”

by Ernest Mabuza


Public servants call for urgent talks on wage cuts

Engineering News writes that South Africa’s public-service union called for urgent talks with the government on plans to reduce the state’s wage bill. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said last month he’s redoubling efforts to cut the government’s payroll to rein in a widening budget deficit. The Public Servants Association, the main state-employee labor union, said any attempts […]