Free State judge shocked by ‘cold and unfriendly’ Supreme Court of Appeal
Free State Judge President Mahube Molemela has described her shock at finding some "cold and unfriendly" colleagues at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) when she acted as a judge in that court last year. Molemela is one of nine candidates being interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for three positions at the SCA. Some judges who have had acting stints at the SCA described an unwelcoming environment there. When asked by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng how she found her time at the SCA last year‚ Molemela said her experience was a mixed bag. "There were colleagues who were going out of their way to make us feel welcome. Unfortunately, there were colleagues who were cold and unfriendly." Molemela recounted an incident during the recess when she went to the chambers of a permanent judge she knew and introduced herself. Molemela said the judge concerned was cordial. "At the beginning of the term‚ I was walking around the passages and saw him approaching. I greeted him and he...
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