EFF CONDEMNS CYRIL RAMAPHOSA REGRESSIVE APPOINTMENT OF TWO MALE JUDGES TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
Friday, 24 December 2021
The Economic Freedom Fighters condemns the blatant patriarchal and regressive decision by Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint two males to fill the recent vacancies in the Constitutional Court. In a move that reveals that he pays nothing but lip-service to the agenda for transformation of the judiciary and furthering the cause of women, Ramaphosa has not only reversed the gains of women representation in the judiciary but cements a long existing perception that the judicial sphere is designed for males.
As part of his consultation with the legislature, Ramaphosa wrote to the President and Commander in Chief of the EFF, Julius Malema, seeking his council on who to appoint to fill vacancies in the Constitutional Court. As an organisation guided by an acute understanding that the fight against Gender Based Violence begins at the heights of power, such as the judiciary, the Commander in Chief rightfully proposed the appointment of Justices B. Molemela and R. Mathopo, who both currently serve on the Supreme Court of Appeals.
Sadly, because Ramaphosa lacks integrity and the basic grasp of how to alter power relations in order to serve the most marginalised in society, he appointed two males.
What is clear to see is that the struggle against gendered oppression is used as nothing but a smokescreen by Ramaphosa, who is an ardent defender of corruption and the status quo on all fronts. He is the epitome of the defence of not only white monopoly capital, but make dominance in all spheres of life.