SA Judicial Service: Zuma Appoints Three New JSC Members


President Jacob Zuma has appointed three new members to the South Africa’s Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

Zuma appointed Advocate Thandi Norman SC, Advocate Thabani Masuku and Sifiso Msomi as new members of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

In a statement issued by Dr. Bongani Ngqulunga on Monday, the Presidency said Zuma made the appointments in line with the Constitution after consulting leaders of parties represented in Parliament.

“President Zuma has congratulated the new members of the JSC and wishes them all of the best in the execution of their responsibilities,” said the Presidency.

Zuma wrote to political party leaders last month, requesting that they provide their input on the new members in terms of the constitution.

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The South African Constitution allows for the president to designate four members of the JSC after consulting with party leaders represented in the National Assembly, his spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said last month,

“The new members will fill the three vacancies occasioned by the president’s decision to replace members that he had previously designated to the JSC.”

The JSC was established in terms of section 178 of the Constitution and consists of 23 members. In terms of section 178 (5) of the Constitution, the JSC is entitled to advise the national government on any matters relating to the Judiciary or the administration of justice.

The JSC assists in interviewing all candidates for judicial posts and makes recommendations for appointments to the president. It also deals with all complaints brought against judges.

Advocate Thandi Norman SC who is among the three appointed by Zuma is the first black woman to be admitted to the bar as a senior advocate in KwaZulu-Natal.

Her preferred areas of practice include shipping, competition, constitutional and administrative law.

She was evidence leader in the Pillay Commission in 2005 and she was part of the Goldstone Commission in 1995, which was appointed to look into extreme taxi violence in the Eastern Cape at the time.

The Pillay Commission investigated the inefficiencies, irregularities, and impropriety in the Eastern Cape’s government departments.

Norman has been in acting judge positions since 2002 in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Msomi, of the Black Lawyers Association, earned his degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He specializes in all aspects of property, including sectional title transactions, notarial bonds, leases and servitudes, and general conveyancing.

Masuku, the former head of Advocates for Transformation, was admitted as an advocate in 1999.

He was an evidence leader in the inquiry into suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office.

Advocate Thabani Masuku on the other hand, has been practicing as junior counsel for over 13 years

He obtained chambers at a recognized bar in  July 2003 but was admitted as an advocate in May 1999.

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His areas of interest/practice include Administrative Law, Constitutional litigation, Water and Environmental litigation, Fisheries, Customs and Excise, Tax law, Commercial litigation, International human rights law, International business law, Labour law.

Sifiso Msomi of the Black Lawyers Association, earned his degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal from where he  specializes in all aspects of property, including sectional title transactions, notarial bonds, leases and servitude, and general conveyancing.