Well Done, Judiciary

The announcement by the Office of the Judiciary that there will be public interviews of candidates nominated as judges of the High Court is a milestone in terms of transparency.

It is a decision that should be lauded.

The Namibian and civil organisations have for years advocated full transparency in the appointment of judges.

Not doing so could easily be used by critics to raise red flags about the manner of appointments.

We have seen in recent months how individuals like Forex fraud accused and Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters commissar Michael Amushelelo have alleged that there is an agenda against the Fishrot accused. They have been awaiting trial for four years.

We hope that the implementation of public interviews will not result in a scenario where articulateness, for example, is prized above the overall merit and mettle of judicial candidates. Substance matters.

The importance of our courts as impartial and independent arbiters is vital for the functioning of a robust democracy. There can be no room for even a hint of impropriety.

Justice must not only be served, but must be seen to be served.

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