JOHANNESBURG, South Africa’s Judicial Service Commission has started the interviewing process to appoint the country’s next Deputy Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Appeal after President Jacob Zuma nominated Justice Raymond Zondo to the position of Deputy Chief Justice.
Meanwhile, Justice Mandisa Maya could make history as the first black woman to hold the top spot in the Judiciary as the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal. She looks set to fill the position which has been vacant since Justice Lex Mpati retired in August last year.
President Zuma made the nominations after consulting political parties as well as Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
Justice Zondo has served as a Judge of the Constitutional Court since 2012, and has previously served as Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court.
Initially, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema had opposed Justice Zondo’s nomination and urged the President to overturn the decision, and appoint Acting Deputy Chief Justice Bess Nkabinde, who has been serving in the Constitutional Court, to assume the position.
Malema argued that the appointment of Nkanbinde, who is a woman, will advance the gender struggle.
President Zuma’s office responded by explaining that Justice Nkabinde was not eligible for the appointment as Deputy Chief Justice because it is mandatory that she retires on the completion of the 12-year term at the Constitutional Court at the end of December. –
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK