Interviews For South Africa’s Next Chief Justice Have Begun

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Interviews for South Africa’s next Chief Justice are due to begin on Tuesday morning, as the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) begins the process of selecting one of four applicants for the top judicial position.

President Cyril Ramaphosa requested the public to submit nominations for the job in September last year. The short-listing panel — chaired by former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay – presented its findings to Ramaphosa on November 17, and he submitted four names to the JSC.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Supreme Court of Appeal Judge President Mandisa Maya, Constitutional Court Judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga, and Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo are the four senior judges considered for the role.

These four judges would come before a Judicial Service Commission panel this week to be interviewed for the top job. The interviews are slated to take place at Sandton’s Capital on the Park Hotel, with Constitutional Court Judge Madlanga due to speak first.

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