Zuma names chief justice candidate

2011-08-16 12:13

President Jacob Zuma has once again overlooked Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and nominated Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng for the vacant position of chief justice.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Zuma said he had informed political parties with Parliamentary representation of his decision to nominate Mogoeng.

Former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo retired on Sunday after an 18-month stint at the helm of the Constitutional Court.

Mogoeng was appointed to the Constitutional Court in 2009, and is also an ordained preacher.

He was previously a judge in the North West High Court, a division of the high court in which he later became judge president.

The Presidency described him as a jurist who had demonstrated a keen interest in judicial transformation “and the promotion of access to justice for all”.

He made a dissenting ruling against The Citizen newspaper in its recent Constitutional Court challenge of the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that the paper could not call former freedom-fighter Robert MacBride a murderer as he had been pardoned.

Mogoeng also served in the five-person team which investigated allegations of racism and gender discrimination in the judiciary.

Some people believe that Moseneke, who was appointed to the bench by former president Thabo Mbeki, fell out of favour with the ANC following comments he made at his 60th birthday when he said he would use the remainder of his time at the Consitutional Court to “help create an equal society”.

“It’s not what the ANC wants or what the delegates [to the Polokwane conference] want, it is about what is good for our people,” he said at the time.

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