Sheriffs must reflect SA's demographics
Vacant posts for sheriffs must be filled in a way that reflects the country's demographics, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said at the weekend.
He was speaking at the founding ceremony of the SA Sheriff's Society in Bloemfontein, where the new organisation's constitution was handed to him, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.
Its establishment followed the dissolution of the United Sheriffs' Society and the SA Institute of Sheriffs.
Radebe said it was necessary to facilitate and encourage the appointment of women to the more than 248 vacant posts, and that the next three months would be of critical importance in the new organisation's existence.
"The filling of vacant posts should be regarded as the first step in the transformation of this profession from one that has been dominated by white men, to one that reflects our racial and gender demographics."
The vacant posts would be advertised in the Government Gazette by June 29 and would have to be filled by October.