This following paper is intended to provide a perspective on questions related to the independence of the judiciary in South Africa (2007). While South Africa was no longer in the heart of its political transition, the legacy of apartheid rule was still strongly felt and post-apartheid "transformation" continued to be a central concern of government and society more broadly. But how does judicial independence relate to transformation? Rather than conceiving of it as a separate issue, this paper departs from the point of view that the consolidation of judicial independence is a key dimension of the process of judicial transformation in South Africa. Thereby unearthing questions on the efficiency and appropriateness of the justice system to ensure access to justice for all people.