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Nominations Panel on Chief Justice on Track

November 2, 2021

The Presidency

The Nominations Panel on the Chief Justice has submitted its report to President Ramaphosa.

In September 2021 president Ramaphosa called for public nominations for the position of Chief Justice of South Africa.

In an earlier statement, the presidency indicated that, in order to “promote transparency and encourage public participation, President Ramaphosa has decided that South Africans should take part in the choice of the next Chief Justice”.

Earlier this month, the presidency announced that 8 nominees had been shortlisted for the position of Chief Justice.

Objections regarding the nominees were invited until 15 October 2021.

564 public submissions were received.

The Panel gave each nominee an opportunity to comment on the public submissions made in respect of his or her nomination.

In a statement, the presidency announced that the president will now consider “which candidate(s) from the shortlist presented to him by the Panel to refer to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and the leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly for consultation in line with Section 174(3) of the Constitution”.