The SAJBD has confirmed that it has approached the JSC to discuss the alleged discriminatory and biased treatment of two candidates during the judiciary interviews.
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) circulated a statement on Thursday, 6 May 2021, confirming that it has approached the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). This is based on suspicions of the biased and discriminatory treatment of two of the candidates.
The statement read, “The SAJBD deplores this overt politicisation of the judicial selection process. Eligibility for the bench cannot be made contingent on holding the ‘right’ political opinions. The intrusion of politically-motivated considerations into how the judiciary operates seriously compromises judicial independence, one of the cornerstones of our democracy. It further violates the constitutional right of Jewish community members not to be unfairly discriminated against on the basis of their beliefs, identity and/or associations.”
The board has requested that the JSC provide copies of the letters “from various organisations” that informed the contentious line of questioning.