Zille will ask Zuma to withdraw Mogoeng nomination

2011-09-05 13:40

The DA will ask President Jacob Zuma to withdraw Mogoeng Mogoeng as his nomination for chief justice, according to party leader Helen Zille.

She told reporters in Cape Town she would tell Zuma at a meeting in Pretoria tomorrow that Mogoeng did not possess the “outstanding legal skills” to be chief justice.

“The president’s office has confirmed just moments ago that President Zuma will avail himself for a meeting tomorrow [Tuesday] evening in Pretoria.

“It is our sincere recommendation that President Zuma, in exercising his prerogative to appoint the chief justice, withdraw his nomination of Justice Mogoeng and consider other candidates.”

Zille said the DA was making the submission to Zuma as part of the constitutionally prescribed process of consultation, which Zuma must engage in before appointing a chief justice.

“It has been our hope, and indeed our experience so far, that the president meant the process to be meaningful and that he earnestly sought the counsel of South Africa’s political and legal leaders.”

Zille said this meant Zuma had “kept open” the possibility of changing his nominee, “depending on the advice he receives”.

Mogoeng, nominated for the job by Zuma after the retirement of former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo, was interrogated on whether he was a suitable candidate for the job by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) at the weekend.

A JSC commissioner, speaking on condition of anonymity, said yesterday that JSC members had voted in Mogoeng’s favour.
The JSC was by this afternoon still to formally announce its decision on the matter.

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