Presidency says panel for position of Chief Justice received 564 submissions

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The Presidency says the shortlisting panel which is scrutinising nominations by the public for the position of Chief Justice received 564 submissions. Eight candidates, who met the criteria have been nominated. One of them, Wallace Mgoqi, withdrew his nomination.

The remaining seven are Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, Constitutional Court Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga, Supreme Court of Appeal President Mandisa Maya, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, Advocate Alan Nelson and Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.  Today marks a week since retired Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s term came to an end.

In a statement, the Presidency says panel Chairperson Navi Pillay has expressed their appreciation for public participation in the process.  Acting Spokesperson Tyrone Seale says the submissions differ greatly in substance and volume.

Seale says the panel will now give every nominee an opportunity to comment on the public submissions made in relation to their nominations. He says as soon as the nominees have commented, the panel will continue assessing and evaluating each candidacy.

This will be followed by compiling a shortlist of three to five candidates whose names will be submitted to the President for further consideration. Seale says the panel is expected to submit its shortlist to the President no later than Friday next week (29 October).

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