South African public to nominate next chief justice

In an unprecedented move, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday announced that he was inviting public nominations to select the successor to outgoing Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, and establishing a panel to shortlist candidates for the crucial post.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the public to nominate their next chief justice.

This he said will “further deepen public confidence in the independence and integrity of the judiciary”.

The president’s office said the aim was “to promote transparency and encourage public participation”, according to a statement.

The nominations will be emailed to the presidency in the next two weeks after which a panel will shortlist three to five finalists and forward to the president.

The president will consult the judiciary service commission and political party leaders before appointing the chief justice.

The tenure of the current Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ends next month.