Feather in the cap for Namibia's Judiciary

14 August 2019 | Ministries

The selection of the Office of the Judiciary's executive director, Rolanda van Wyk, as vice-president of the executive board of the International Association for Court Administration (IACA) marks another milestone in her distinguished career and underscores Namibia's drive for judicial reform on home soil and across its borders.

Moreover, Van Wyk is the first Namibian and first woman to hold this position in IACA.

“Van Wyk's prestigious appointment comes at a time when judicial administration on the continent is in dire need of reform, such that will ensure a system of efficient and effective administration of justice, not only in Namibia, but in SADC and sub-Saharan Africa as a whole,” Ockert Jansen of the Office of the Judiciary said of her accomplishment.

Chief Justice Peter Shivute congratulated Van Wyk, adding that her achievement underscored the goal of Namibia's judiciary to become a “model judiciary” in Africa.

“The appointment of Mrs Van Wyk to this international body is evident of the remarkable work she has done for our judicial administration and the confidence within the region and the international community in her abilities as a leader. We rally behind her success and wish her the best,” Shivute said.

The mandate of IACA is to promote professional court administration and management in emerging democracies and to serve as a resource for judges, court administrators and other government officials as a measure to evaluate and improve court and justice systems.

Van Wyk is not a newcomer to judicial administration. Since 1999 she had served as a prosecutor and then moved up the ranks to deputy prosecutor-general from 2006 to 2015.

In June 2015 she took up the position of deputy permanent secretary in the justice ministry, a position she held until her promotion to permanent secretary entrusted to head the newly established and independent Office of the Judiciary in January 2016.

In 2017 Van Wyk was instrumental in the establishment of the Southern African Judicial Administrators Association (SAJAA).

She is an admitted legal practitioner of the High Court of Namibia and has represented the State in major cases in the lower, high and supreme courts.

She holds a B Proc degree from the University of the Orange Free State in South Africa, and has 20 years of professional experience.

“I am extremely humbled by this appointment and I look forward to sharing Namibia's successes while learning from other judiciaries in order to effect better administration within the region, but also on the continent as a whole,” Van Wyk said shortly after the announcement of her appointment.

In her new role Van Wyk is tasked with promoting membership and networking within African judiciaries, as well as recruiting and appointing board members.

JANA-MARI SMITH

Similar News

 

Towards a fish-eating nation

5 days ago - 20 August 2019 | Ministries

The eighth National Fish Consumption Day was launched in Walvis Bay on Friday. This year's fish consumption day is slated for 28 September and will...

Conciliation avenue of choice

6 days ago - 19 August 2019 | Ministries

The majority of Namibians prefer solving labour disputes through conciliation as opposed to arbitration. This is evident by the fact that 76% of the labour...

Feather in the cap for Namibia's Judiciary

1 week ago - 14 August 2019 | Ministries

The selection of the Office of the Judiciary's executive director, Rolanda van Wyk, as vice-president of the executive board of the International Association for Court...

Nangombe opens up about health ministry

2 weeks ago - 05 August 2019 | Ministries

The health ministry is considering renting medical equipment from suppliers because it cannot afford to buy.A year after he took up the position of executive...

N$30m splashed on rent

3 weeks ago - 02 August 2019 | Ministries

The relocation of the Ohangwena education offices from Ondangwa to Eenhana has since 2012 cost government a whopping N$395 000 per month for office rental, translating...

Oshikondo shelongo moHangwena tashi longitha oomiliyona

3 weeks ago - 02 August 2019 | Ministries

ILENI NANDJATOUuministeli wiilonga nomalweendo itawu vulu okuyelitha kutya omolwashike wa pitika oshikondo shelongo moshitopolwa shaHangwena shi longithe oomiliyona odhindji mohiila yoombelewa mEenhana, muule womvula yimwe.Oshikondo...

A win-win for justice

1 month - 24 July 2019 | Ministries

The justice ministry is urging all state institutions to reach out and engage with the public by all available means, including social media platforms, in...

NDF getting a 'bad name'

1 month - 17 July 2019 | Ministries

Following reports of altercations between the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and communal farmers at Farm Etiro in the Erongo Region, NDF acting chief, Martin Pinehas,...

Asset register still a work in progress

1 month - 11 July 2019 | Ministries

The ministry of works is still working on an asset register that will enable it to see how much property the government owns and what...

Namibia to share prison lessons

3 months ago - 21 May 2019 | Ministries

Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) commissioner-general Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela will be among hundreds of delegates from all over the world meeting in Vienna this week to...

Latest News

Soldier charged with shebeen burglaries

2 days ago - 23 August 2019 | Crime

A member of the Namibia Defence Force has been arrested in connection with burglaries at six shebeens at Okakango location in Ondangwa.Operation Kalahari members have...

Letting the big fish swim

2 days ago - 23 August 2019 | Columns

Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa has opened a Pandora's Box, following her revelations this week that any hopes of Namibia recovering the over N$600 million lost in...

Swapo threatened with court action

2 days ago - 23 August 2019 | Politics

Five Swapo members have threatened to take the party to court if their demand for the re-run of the Otjiwarongo district renewal of mandate process...

Dumpsite scramble

2 days ago - 23 August 2019 | Environment

Several municipalities are moving fast to comply with the ministry of environment's new regulations, which require towns to obtain environmental clearance certificates for their dumpsites.So...

Khomas elects Swapo 'pot' contenders

2 days ago - 23 August 2019 | Politics

The Swapo leadership in the Khomas Region have elected businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun and 30-year-old City of Windhoek councillor Ian Subasubani to stand as National Assembly...

Land acquisition fund deemed unnecessary

2 days ago - 23 August 2019 | Agriculture

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts Committee questioned the existence of the Land Acquisition and Development Fund because government already has a finance system...

Certified royalty

2 days ago - 23 August 2019 | Art and Entertainment

King Tee Dee, formerly known as The Dogg, is an artist who has come full circle. After many years spent dominating the music scene by...

Battling creative exhaustion

2 days ago - 23 August 2019 | Columns

We have all heard this advice before - we can't continue to be productive and creative if we exhaust ourselves, or if we fail to...

The Fashion Soireè returns

2 days ago - 23 August 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Hosted by three of Namibia's fashion darlings; Reinhard Mahalie, Jay Aeron and Rumano Fabrishh, The Fashion Soireè is the first of its kind in Namibia.More...

Load More