JSC Gets New Member

WINDHOEK-BASED lawyer Frans Kwala has been appointed as a new member of the Judicial Service Commission, which plays a key role in the appointment of Namibia’s judges and the holders of other top legal posts.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba has appointed Kwala as a member of the JSC for a period of three years with effect from 15 July, it was announced by the office of Chief Justice Peter Shivute on Monday.

Kwala is replacing Dirk Conradie, who has been a member of the JSC since 1996.

In terms of the Judicial Service Commission Act the President has to appoint two legal practitioners as members of the JSC after inviting organisations representing the interests of the legal profession in Namibia to each nominate two lawyers for appointment to the JSC. Kwala was nominated by the Namibia Law Association.

The Constitution stipulates that the five-member JSC should consist of the Chief Justice, the Attorney General, a judge appointed by the President, and two members of the legal profession.

The JSC recommends the appointment of judges and acting judges, the Prosecutor General and the Ombudsman to the President, who then has to appoint persons to those posts on the JSC’s recommendation.

The JSC can also make recommendations to the President on the removal of persons holding judicial office and can investigate complaints and carry out disciplinary inquiries about the conduct of people in those posts.

Kwala (49) studied law at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He was admitted as a legal practitioner in Namibia in 2007, and runs his own law firm, Kwala and Company Incorporated, which has offices in Windhoek and at Rundu.

The other legal practitioner who is currently a member of the JSC is Elize Angula.

Source : The Namibian