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Nominations Panel on Chief Justice on Track

October 20, 2021

The Presidency

The Nominations Panel on the Chief Justice has received 564 public submissions.

In a statement, the presidency confirmed that the Panel will now give each nominee an opportunity to comment on the public submissions made in respect of his or her nomination.

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.

The Panel plans to consider objections before submitting a shortlist of three to five names to the president.

In the latest statement, the Panel chairperson Judge Navanethem (Navi) Pillay expressed the Panel’s appreciation for public participation in the process.

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

Upon receipt of the nominees’ comments, the Panel will commence with the assessment and evaluation of each candidature in order to compile a shortlist of three to five candidates for submission to and further consideration by the President.

The Panel plans to submit its shortlist to the President by no later than 29 October 2021.