Eight candidates shortlisted for Chief Justice

In other judicial news, the president has finalised the list of candidates to take over from Mogoeng after public nominations were accepted for the first time in a greater bid towards transparency. 🙌 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced eight candidates, based on public recommendations; among them were controversial figures Judge President John Hlophe and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

There’s practically zero chance the two will make it to the apex court. Justice Mandisa Maya is considered the frontrunner and would be the first woman in the position. 💪🏽 Maya, the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), has a reputation for bridging divides, which would be welcome given the widely-reported tensions in the court.

Maya has also been praised for the way the SCA seamlessly transitioned to virtual court hearings when the pandemic hit, and for its efficiency in dealing with its roll and delivering judgments, the Sunday Times reported. Sounds like the skills our top court needs!

The panel tasked with selecting the successful candidate will be chaired by Judge Navanethem (Navi) Pillay; former justice minister Jeff Radebe will be deputy chairperson. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 7 October 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.