The long-awaited inquiry into the slow pace of gender transformation in the Judiciary to be convened by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) in Pretoria on 24 and 25 July 2013, has been postponed.
The inquiry follows a complaint lodged with the CGE by the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit of UCT (DGRU) and Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) in October 2012. The two organisations cited the President, the Office of the Chief Justice, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development as respondents. One of their primary requests was that the CGE investigate what appears to be gender discrimination in the appointment of judicial officers. The CGE was remarkably slow in taking action on the complaint.