Senior counsel Tembeka Ngcukaitobi has been appointed to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
He will be one of four people appointed to the constitutional body that interviews and recommends candidates for judicial appointment and promotion.
Ramaphosa had written to political parties informing them of his intention to appoint Ngcukaitobi to the JSC.
In a letter dated September 22, Ramaphosa informed leaders of political parties represented in parliament that he had decided to appoint Ngcukaitobi in place of Doris Tshepe.
“I have decided to replace Ms TLJ Tshepe, who was designated by me in April 2020 in terms of the constitution, with advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC.
“Advocate Ngcukaitobi has been practicing since 2010 and was conferred with senior counsel status in 2020.
“The replacement of Ms Tshepe is occasioned by her appointment as a competition commissioner effective from 12 September 2022.”
Another new face on the JSC is Carol Steinberg SC who has been appointed as one of the members designated to represent the advocates’ profession. Steinberg will alternate with Jenny Cane SC as one of the advocate profession’s representatives, along with Kameshni Pillay SC.
The constitution provides for the establishment of the JSC comprising of, among others, “four persons designated by the president as head of the national executive after consulting the leaders of all the parties in the National Assembly”.
Ramaphosa gave political party leaders five days to respond to his letter.
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