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gavel thumb100 BL Premium reports that civil society organisations have lost their bid to urgently interdict the selection of a new leadership team at the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA).  They had sought to halt recruitment proceedings until the media and public were permitted access.  

They had also asked the court to have the regulations covering the selection process — which have been amended twice, mostly recently in August — reviewed.  But in a decision handed down in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, Judge Elmarie van der Schyff said there were not sufficient grounds to prove the urgency of the matter brought by NGOs Open Secrets and the Unpaid Benefits Campaign (UBC).  The FSCA is a critical watchdog overseeing the conduct of financial institutions.  The decision by the court suggests that the long-delayed recruitment process can now go ahead.  Inter alia, the judge said that “transparency should not be regarded as a one-size-fits-all concept”.  The respondents had explained, she noted, that “candidates might be hesitant to apply if they know that their identities will be revealed prior to final recommendations being made due to the competitiveness of the industry and the fact that candidates are employed in senior positions.”  She pointed out that shortlisting candidates for any position “is a sensitive and confidential process that exposes individuals to public scrutiny.  This invasion of privacy should not occur without a strong case ... justifying it.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Lynley Donnelly at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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