First Namibian appointed to serve as IACA vice president for African affairs

13 Aug 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 AUG (NAMPA) – The Executive Director in the Office of the Judiciary, Rolanda van Wyk became the first Namibian and female person to serve on the Executive Board of the International Association for Court Administration (IACA) as vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Office of the Judiciary Public Relations Division Deputy Director, Ockert Jansen in a media statement issued Tuesday said Van Wyk’s appointment comes at a time when the judicial administration on the continent is in dire need of reform that would ensure a system of efficient and effective administration.
He added that the executive director will be tasked with promoting membership and networking within African judiciaries as well as recruiting and appointing board members to the African Board of IACA.
The statement quoted Van Wyk as saying: “I am extremely humbled by this appointment and I look forward to share 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.”
Chief Justice Peter Shivute expressed his happiness over her appointment, saying that Namibia will soon be the “model judiciary in Africa” and this is because of the remarkable work Van Wyk has done for the judicial administration and the confidence within the region as well as the international community in her abilities as a leader.
IACA’s mandate 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.