Oct 21, 2021

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‘I never enforced apartheid through the barrel of a gun’: Gauteng judge candidate

A visibly nervous attorney Daniel de Villiers SC took his place on Tuesday to be heard for the second time this year for the position of judge in the Gauteng division of the Supreme Court.

His earlier Interview, in April, was unsuccessful.

As in his previous interview, Commissioner Griffiths Madonsela asked SC De Villiers urgent questions about his role in the military during the apartheid years.

In Im first Interview asked Madonsela De Villiers, a former deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church, about the views of the church on apartheid at the time he served in it.

De Villiers said that although the church was strong after According to his view at the time, he belonged to a group of people who did not support apartheid and instead called for unity.

He said that although he was not entirely convinced of the ideas of the leadership of the church, he felt himself in the church “at home” and fü added that it was an institution steeped in tradition.

On Tuesday he asked him to “com e clean”, Madonsela asked: “Did you serve in the army at the height of apartheid when the military was black people bothered the townships? ”

With red cheeks and a smile that may have been caused by his nervousness, De Villiers drew the panelists into his confidence.

“ In my résumé I reflected that I served in the military, but let me lead the commissioners into a dark time. I never served in the township because I didn’t want to. If you say soldiers molested people in the township, I didn’t. That’s because I made a plan. The plan was to do an advanced law course and I became a lawyer and was in the command office, ”De Villiers said.

He said he had little to no legal work to do and said he would moving papers from one side of his desk to the other.

“This is how I dealt with the dilemma because I felt I couldn’t serve in the townships. I thought it was wrong what happened then, “said De Villiers.

He said he had no choice but to join the military, describing it as” a right of passage and a duty to be had must meet “. .

De Villiers firmly believed that despite his years of military service during the apartheid regime, his hands would stay clean.

“During that time, I did nothing that the judiciary in Embarrassing, “he said.

” If there is fear in this room that I imposed apartheid in the townships at the barrel of a gun, I never did, “he said, adding that he felt he was being exploited by the system at the time.

The military had the option to call him back for another two years, but didn’t.

Prof. Engela Schlemmer asked for clarity.

“I want you to tell the commissioners because every time a white man sits here this question is asked. What happened to white men when they refused to do military service? “She asked.

” You went to jail, “replied De Villiers. “The army would arrest you and put you in the detention barracks and then you would be prosecuted. In fact, I didn’t know anyone in Upington in 1979 who would do that [enforce apartheid laws] and I didn’t meet these people until later in my life. ”

De Villiers is one of 17 candidates with 10 vacancies Positions in the Gauteng Supreme Court interviewed.

He has many years of experience and has practiced as a lawyer since 1994.

President Judge of the Gauteng Supreme Court Dustan Mlombo welcomed De Villiers’ commitment to the court as he has been acting as an acting judge for several weeks