United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says if Supreme Court of Appeal President Mandisa Maya is appointed as the next Chief Justice, she should consolidate all the good proposals made by the other candidates on how to improve the judiciary.
The three other nominees who were interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) were Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Constitutional Court Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga and Judge President of the Gauteng High Court Division, Dunstan Mlambo.
Holomisa says the UDM welcomes the JSC’s recommendation to finally present a candidate to President Cyril Ramaphosa for appointment.
“I hope that if the president agrees with the JSC, the chosen candidate would make sure that she consolidate all those recommendations and visions which were presented by her colleagues, because to me they sounded very good. Especially when looking into the question of infrastructure of our courts, security of judges and magistrates, as well as to make sure that judgments are pronounced early. But everything is subject to the President. He might be having his own candidate.”
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There has been also overwhelming endorsement for Judge Maya to be the next Chief Justice of South Africa.
This is after the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) recommended to President Cyril Ramaphosa, that Judge Maya is the rightful candidate for the top job within the judiciary in the country.
Political parties say it is about time that a woman takes the reign and leads in society.
African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) says it is ready for a female Chief Justice, while National Freedom Party’s Canaan Mdletshe says this is long overdue.
Congress of the People’s Dennis Bloem has wished Judge Maya all the best, with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) saying she has got what it takes to lead.
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– additional reporting by Abongile Dumako