Mzansi Afrika

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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

New Appointment

As we wait for the announcement of premiers and cabinet posts, Thabo Mbeki has already started making high powered government appointments. It's a common complaint in this country that public servants and government officials get paid far too highly with money that could rather be spent on poverty alleviation and other socio-economic problems. Well, according to This Day newspaper, constitutional Judge Dikgang Moseneke has taken over from Judge Richard Goldstone, and is now chairperson of the independent commission for the remuneration of political office bearers. The commission has the mandate to make recommendations to Mbeki on the remuneration of political office bearers at all levels of government, members of the houses of traditional leaders, judges and magistrates. Moseneke has a BA, majoring in English and political science, from Unisa and the following law degrees; B Juris, Unisa, LLB, Unisa, and LLD, Unisa. From 1995 to 2001 he left the Bar to pursue a full time corporate career. This included chairmanship at various times of Telkom, African Merchant Bank, Metropolitan Life African Bank Investments and Chief Executive at New Africa Investments. He was appointed a judge of the Constitutional Court in 2002, and prior to this was a judge of the High Court in Pretoria.
He was also Deputy president of the Pan Africanist Congress from 1990 to 1992. I have heard rumours, which I haven't yet been able to verify, but from a reliable sourse that Moseneke is one of a number of high powered people who support Patricia De Lille in the background. He is said to be one of her campaign advisors and had apparently planned with her years ago that she would eventually leave the PAC to form her own party.