African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended the approach he has taken in appointing the next Chief Justice.
Last week, the president announced that candidates can email their applications, which will be shortlisted.
Interviews will then be conducted and a final decision made.
The term of the current Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng comes to an end on the 11th of October:
The constitution gives authority to the President of the country to appoint a Chief Justice – but Ramaphosa says he decided on consultation as part of the process.
He was answering questions from the media at the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg.
“I am saying, let a panel do that initial process. I will then take the names to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) and they will then do the interviewing and having done so, in the end the constitution empowers me as the President to make a choice of a Chief Justice. I have not out-sourced that, anything, infact if you like I have in-sourced the process of selection,” explains Ramaphosa.
Below is President Ramaphosa’s media briefing: