FILE Photo: A GCIS released photo dated 8 September 2011 of the newly appointed Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as the head of the Constitutional Court.
JOHANNESBURG - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is cleaning up the judiciary.
He has launched pilot oversight committees in courts in three provinces.
Mogoeng said representatives from the police, the NPA and the judiciary will work together under one umbrella, hoping the project will make access to justice easier for ordinary South Africans.
Thousands of people walk through the country&39;s courts daily, but for many of them, justice is delayed because of the huge case backlog.
Through establishing the National Efficiency Enhancement Committee, the chief justice said he wanted to restore faith in the effectiveness of the justice system.
“We’re flushing out the possibility of a judicial officer being able to hide behind the performance of others when he or she is forever postponing cases and keeping judgments reserved for years,” said Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
Officials have introduced oversight committees in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. They will be chaired by the judge presidents.
These committees will include regional representatives of the police, the NPA and other security cluster departments.
By putting everyone under one umbrella, Mogoeng hopes to identify and get rid of the weak links.
The chief justice said the system will eventually ensure judicial officers are doing what they’re paid to do.
“No good investor will throw their millions and billions of rands into a country whose commitment to the rule of law, whose commitment to uprooting corruption is suspect,” said Mogoeng Mogoeng.
The oversight committees are also responsible for monitoring and evaluating the courts’ performance. The long term plan is to roll out the project nationally.