I WAS not surprised when the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) announced that, yet again, there were not enough candidates to interview for a vacancy on the Constitutional Court.Nowadays it is more likely than not that the JSC either extends the closing date for nominations (it being an open secret that the reason is not enough nominations) or has to readvertise. But I still cannot work out why. Judges, senior lawyers and legal academics should be falling over themselves to be justices of the Constitutional Court.It is the highest court in SA, a jewel in the crown of our democracy, and its jurisprudence is a source of pride. Why would you not want to follow in the footsteps of Ismail Mahomed, Arthur Chaskalson and Pius Langa?All judicial officers play a crucial role in SA’s democracy. I honour the magistrates who work themselves to the bone to administer justice in much less lofty conditions. But the Constitutional Court gets the most politically contentious cases and the most diffi...

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