Ngcobo to continue as chief justice - Zuma

2011-06-03 19:19
Cape Town - Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo will continue to serve as South Africa's chief judge for the next five years, President Jacob Zuma announced on Friday.

Ngcobo, who assumed his current office in October 2009, had made an "indelible mark" on the position over the past 18 months, Zuma said in a statement issued to journalists at Tuynhuys, following his meeting with the leaders of opposition political parties.

"Acting in terms of... the Judges Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act... I requested Chief Justice Ngcobo to continue to perform active service as the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, with effect from August 16 [this year] until August 15 2016.

"He has agreed to my request," he said.

Ngcobo, who turned 58 in March this year, was appointed as a judge in the Constitutional Court by former president Nelson Mandela in 1999.

He holds a Master of Law (LLM) degree from Harvard Law School.

Zuma said that on August 15 this year, Ngcobo would have held office as a judge and Constitutional Court judge for a cumulative period of 15 years and three months.

"A chief justice who has served for a period of 12 years at the Constitutional Court plus a minimum of three years at another court before he or she was appointed at the Constitutional Court, or a chief justice who served straight 15 years at the constitutional court, may be requested by the president to continue to serve as a Chief Justice for such period as may be determined by the president.

"This will happen provided that the period does not extend beyond the judge's 75 years of age. At 75 years of age, he or she must be discharged from active service."

Zuma said he had briefed the leaders of the opposition parties present at the meeting of his decision.

Other items discussed included "a number of domestic and international issues", he said.

Speaking outside Tuynhuys after the meeting, Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder said Zuma had given opposition leaders some background information on a variety of international issues.

"He briefed us broadly on a lot of international issues; we talked about Ivory Coast, we talked about Libya, we talked about BRICS [the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa economic bloc].

"The election was also discussed," Mulder said.

- SAPA
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