Cape Town (South Africa) - After President Cyril Ramaphosa nominated four senior judges for consideration for the country's highest judicial position, four applicants are currently in the race.
In the coming weeks, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Supreme Court of Appeal Judge President Mandisa Maya, Constitutional Court Judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga, and Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo will all be interrogated by a panel of the Judicial Service Commission.
On Wednesday, the Presidency acknowledged that this was the case.
The Judicial Service Commission and political parties were notified that President Cyril Ramaphosa has submitted a list of applicants for the job of Chief Justice, according to the presidential office.
The mandate of retired Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng came to an end at the beginning of last month.
Ramaphosa has nominated Navi Pillay, a former head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to lead a body that would choose applicants for the highest position in the court.
Thuli Madonsela, a former public protector, an ex-cabinet minister Jeff Radebe were the other members of the committee.
It was also requested that members of the public provide comments on the candidates.
Once the procedure is completed, the new head of the judiciary will take over the reins of the organization.
Mogoeng had taken over for the late judge Pius Langa, who had been replaced by Sandile Ngcobo, who had taken over for him.
Langa had taken over as chief judge from the late Justice Arthur Chaskalson, who had died in a car accident earlier this year.
The JSC would now have to conduct interviews with the four applicants who had been selected and offer recommendations to Ramaphosa.
The position of the interim chief justice has been held by Zondo since early this year when Mogoeng took a protracted leave of absence before his tenure as chief judge expired in October.
When President Cyril Ramaphosa created the panel that would choose a candidate for the job of the chief justice, he adopted a procedure that was similar to the one he used when appointing the head of the National Prosecuting Authority.
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