The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel) says it is disappointed with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to keep the salaries of judges unchanged in South Africa for 2020/2021 financial year.
The association says the decision comes despite the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers’ four percent hike recommendation.
It says appropriate compensation for judges is a critical and constitutionally recognised part of judicial independence.
Nadel also says salaries of judges should be attractive enough to attract and retain the very best that the legal profession has to offer.
It has called on the President to reconsider his decision and look at other measures of cutting government spending.
In this video, Deputy Finance Minister David Mosondo says cutting the public wage bill will help curb public debt: