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Millionaire magistrates: Whopping salaries of ConCourt judges REVEALED

The two judges’ vacancies at the Constitutional Court come with a very comfortable salary that may come as a shock to some…

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There are two vacancies at the Constitutional Court and interviews are set to begin on Tuesday, 5 April. The two chosen judges will receive an annual income of a massive R2,316,919 each.

The judges’ remuneration package is made up of two components

The Government Gazette states that the total remuneration package includes a cash annual salary component and a non-cash component. The cash annual salary consists of 72.24% while the non-cash component is 27.76%.

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The non-cash component includes a motor allowance and employer medical contribution. Pension benefits are not included in the total remuneration package. This will be separately regulated by the Judges’ Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act.

Five candidates will be interviewed for the two vacancies. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will be chairing the interviews from the morning of 5 April until 15:00. 

Who are the candidates being interviewed?

The candidates are:

  • Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judge Mahube Molemela
  • Gauteng high court judge Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane
  • Advocate Alan Dodson SC
  • SCA judge Owen Rogers and;
  • Gauteng high court judge David Unterhalter.

What do high court and SCA judges take home at the end of the month?

ConCourt judges and SCA judges earn R2,316,919. High court judges, according to TimesLIVE, earn R1,882,486.

In 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed that judges’ salaries and benefits would not be increased. He shared that fiscal constraints as well as the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy were the reasons behind this decision.

Zondo calls Ramaphosa ‘bold’ for appointing him Chief Justice

From the 1st of April, Raymond Zondo is officially the new Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court. While he has been acting in the position for several months now, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to pick Zondo was certainly a bold one. And even Zondo has now admitted that himself.

Speaking for the first time since his appointment was announced, Zondo told News24 that he is ready to work with everyone to deliver justice equally. He also again stressed that he feared his work leading the State Capture Inquiry could rule him out of the job. However, Zondo feels that the president took a “bold” decision to appoint him despite some vocal opposition.

The Judicial Service Commission, the panel that interviews judicial candidates and recommends them to the President, recommended Supreme Court of Appeal President Mandisa Maya for the job. Maya and Zondo were two of the four final shortlisted candidates that went through JSC interviews. Read the full story here.