- The public is invited to participate in the nomination of candidates for the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court bench
- President Cyril Ramaphosa said transparency around executive public office seats was paramount
- The term of the current Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, ends on Monday, 11 October after 10 years as the head of the judiciary
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has opened the floor for public participation in the nomination of candidates for the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) role.
The term of the current Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, ends on Monday, 11 October. Speaking on the move to call on public participation, Ramaphosa said transparency around executive public office seats was paramount, SABC News reported.
"The Chief Justice occupies a vital position in our democratic constitutional order," said Ramaphosa, who, despite appointing the Chief Justice himself in his capacity as president of the republic, made the landmark announcement.
"It is therefore appropriate that all South Africans should have an opportunity to witness and participate in the selection," added Ramaphosa.
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The president's acting spokesperson Tyrone Seale said nominations should motivate why the nominee is suitable for the bench.
3 or 5 candidates will be shortlisted
Nominations and the supporting documents will be made public on the Presidency website by 4 October, while "any objections to the nominees" will have to be sent to designated email addresses.
A panel chaired by, Navi Pillay, the former International Court of Justice judge and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will shortlist three or five candidates for the president's consideration, according to News24.
The Chief Justice is the head of the judiciary and in terms of the constitution, third in line to be head of state.
The appointee is the most senior jurist in the country, responsible for the functioning of the ConCourt and acts as the guarantor of the independence of all the lower courts.
Mzansi expresses concerns over invitation
Briefly News took a look at the public's reaction on social media to the first of its kind invitation for public participation.
"The ANC already have their candidate in place for their cadre deployment. No need to bullsh*t the public into thinking it's a fair nomination."
"Give Mogoeng Mogoeng another term. I just love the pastor even if he prayed badly about your vaccines. Keep him, please. Don't change there now, I pray that."
"Intentions may be great. However, in a society with a "bruised" courts image, I doubt it will work for good."
State Capture Inquiry requests yet another extension, files urgent application
In recent related news, Briefly News reported that South Africans who anticipated the State Capture Inquiry would roll to an end in September as they led to believe, are in for something more.
On Thursday, news reached the ears of all keeping a close eye on proceedings that the commission has filed an urgent application to seek yet another extension.
The application will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 28 September.
Notably, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo hinted in June that he would be applying to the High Court for an extension up to September, which was granted.
But the month that was promised is quickly drawing to an end, spurring an about-turn on a conclusion to the overdrawn saga that has seen nearly 350 witnesses testifying since the commission was formed in August 2018.