Chief justice to step down

2011-07-27 14:42

Pretoria - Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo has withdrawn his decision to accept the extension of his term of office, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Radebe said President Jacob Zuma had accepted the decision.

"The chief justice said he had taken the decision in order to protect the integrity of the office of the chief justice and the esteem of the judiciary as a whole," said Radebe.

Ngcobo's term of office expires on August 14.

Democratic Alliance justice spokesperson Dene Smuts said the fact that Justice Ngcobo would now step down at midnight on August 14 and not be available for the extension of his term proved precisely the quality of his judicial integrity and leadership.

"He's stepping down to protect the integrity of his office. It is unforgivable that things have been allowed to come to this path. It has only proved that he was the man we needed," Smuts said.

  • paulf - 2011-07-27 14:44


      Toohotdurban - 2011-07-27 14:58

      diplomacy ppl, diplomacy since when did anybody care bout any intergrity in any office. hold will be deployed, perhaps as a high commission to some place

      legens - 2011-07-27 15:17

      you may yet come to regret your glee.

      Darter - 2011-07-27 15:42

      I doubt you know what you're "hooraying" about. Probably just felt like posting something neh?

      Spade - 2011-07-27 15:43

      Why wait till now, I wonder?

      Audacious12 - 2011-07-27 16:26

      Not so fast. Malema is taking his place

  • erewhon - 2011-07-27 14:47

    The Chief Justice is exhibiting the leadership that should be coming from Zuma

      Carbon - 2011-07-27 15:05

      What a noble thing to do. Not even the president is complying with the constitution of this country, now his employees must show him how it is done

      Slapper - 2011-07-27 15:20

      @ Madman, you are an unadulterated WAN**R. Your Bile alone is a sign to what the ANC is all about.

      Kenno - 2011-07-27 15:27

      @Madman F*kc off racist... You are ignorant, and sadly will sty that way! Get a life and move on you fool!

      Lab-Rat - 2011-07-27 15:35

      Mad man, unfortunately you're stuck with us 'adopted europeans' and just for your information you can start referring to us as white africans or civilised africans. Your choice.

      TheReal_BraDarkie - 2011-07-27 15:43

      A wise man (Chief Justice).

      Martin - 2011-07-27 15:45

      The right thing was finally done - however it took some protest and pressure from the public to get it right !! Motto - NEVER GIVE UP FIGHTING AGAINST WHAT IS NOT RIGHT AND FOR THAT THAT IS.

      Spyker May - 2011-07-27 18:28

      Agreed. I am most often very critical, but this certainly seems almost too good, to be true. If it is indeed, a bona fide display of integrity, then I guess may have been wrong in at least one case. In the interim: Justice Sandile Ngcobo, you command my utmost respect, I am humbled by your decision.

  • Tony - 2011-07-27 14:51

    Well done....I salute your integrity ......and example you have set...

  • Smindlo - 2011-07-27 14:52

    wow, I am lost for words...we still have people with intergrity in public service in SA!!! this is great, the Chiet Justice realised that the ACT used to extend his term was flawed and instead of waiting for it to be amended decided to do the honorable thing and step aside!!! Thuli Madonsela and Justice Ncobo must start Ladership Academy and all government ministers and public servants must attend!!!

      DieAfrikan - 2011-07-27 16:21

      Willie Hofmeyr, who is also Thuli's righthand man (of late), must be part of this Academy!

  • morne - 2011-07-27 14:59

    now for the appointment of the honourable justice hlope!

      Cynical Sci - 2011-07-27 15:05

      That just makes the blood run cold. Don't say things like that.

      legens - 2011-07-27 15:07

      I fear you may be correct .With this lot in control ,he (sloppie) has the correct credentials .

      Carbon - 2011-07-27 15:08

      what about Thuli Madonsela for the position?

      Mgayi - 2011-07-27 15:56

      Ah ah , leave my girl Thuli to finish her job . . .she's onto sumthang !

      Dominic - 2011-07-27 15:57

      No! We need Thuli Madonsela exactly where she is.

  • AndV - 2011-07-27 15:06

    That is what we all have expected in the first place. The hounarable Judge should not have considered the extension by JZ in the first place. He should have known that it was seen to be unconstitutional, but i salute his decision.

  • Winston Williams - 2011-07-27 15:06

    Hoping that sanity and justice prevail and that Dikgang Motseneke get appointed as the New Chief Justice

      OLIBO - 2011-07-28 10:41

      Moseneke should be worried to be a populist judge. Why the fascination with Moseneke?

  • duncan - 2011-07-27 15:07

    And a 10 million handshake that they forgot to mention plus pension for life with all the perks and increases!!!!

      jobho - 2011-07-27 16:15

      I think he deserves it. He just accepted an offer and when he realised that it was constitutionaly wrong he took a manly decision to let go of the office which lacks in most leaders of the day and he left.

  • Sweetjustice - 2011-07-27 15:08

    An excellent judge who delivers fair, eloquent and intelligent judgments. You will not easily be replaced and your integrity and professionalism will be missed.

      Kirsty - 2011-07-27 15:10

      Couldn't agree more!!! He served the bench exceptionally well

  • Ann - 2011-07-27 15:08

    He is doing the right thing for South Africa. JZ's now got to find another "gabba" to join the ranks on the gravy train.

  • Eric West - 2011-07-27 15:12

    Congratulations! Now, if only Jake, Gwen and Cele would follow your example! Not holding my breath, though.

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-07-27 15:12

    Best you can do Baba !! Rarther enjoy your remaining years on pension than to sit with stress and politicians telling you what to do !!!

  • Dave - 2011-07-27 15:13

    At least someone within has some integrity

  • tollo.hatem - 2011-07-27 15:14

    What a pitty!

  • Lucky - 2011-07-27 15:15

    Someone has integrity and sanity has prevailed JZ,Cele and his cabinet can surely learn a thing or two from this move....I salute you Mr. Ncgobo

  • Lucky - 2011-07-27 15:16

    Sanity and integrity has finally prevailed..hope JZ,Cele and Co can learn a thing or two from this one. I salute you Mr.Ncgobo

  • EliMafi - 2011-07-27 15:17

    He should become our next President unlike others.

  • Slapper - 2011-07-27 15:19

    Good, At least someone has a little sense.

  • Faansie - 2011-07-27 15:21

    Give that man a Bells

      Smindlo - 2011-07-27 17:03

      nope, that one is reserved for Judge Motata!!

  • kwbateman - 2011-07-27 15:22

    The Honourable Chief Justice has done the honourable thing!

  • Mercenary - 2011-07-27 15:54

    Thats right... get the F*&^k out of here.

  • Phaedioux - 2011-07-27 15:57

    That is how gentlemen should behave - with honour and dignity. Wouldn't it be marvelous if all the other politically assigned officionados under scandalous spotlights did the same?

  • Dan - 2011-07-27 15:58

    This is great, Pity that we will lose such a exellent jurist . I started to think that the term black and sane is incompatable

  • jim.binnie - 2011-07-27 16:01

    How many times must Zuma F### up before the ANC take action to remove this embarrassment permanently from both Govt and SA politics

  • DieAfrikan - 2011-07-27 16:25

    It shall remain to be sen whether Dikgang Moseneke, the 2nd in Charge and most senior of the CC willbe appointed. Or Nxamalala will once again 'pass him over' in favour of a 'yet unknown' "YES MAN" . It remains to be seen... Sizoke sibone...

  • OuWitBooi - 2011-07-27 16:40

    It is ironic that by agreeing to step down he is proving his integrity and that he was the right man for the job. His term should have been extended - but by following the correct procedure and not through a unilateral decision by Zuma. The sad part is that with him stepping down it makes way for a judge of questionable integrity like John Hlope.

  • gallus - 2011-07-27 16:42

    He did the right thing, as a judge should do. Which proves that he was a fit and proper person for the position. Let us hope that there are more of his kind around.

  • george60 - 2011-07-27 18:35

    I salute him, give that man a BELL !!! Sorry Zuma, nice try this judge has integrity and honour the constitution as is stands.

  • Joseph - 2011-07-27 20:27

    No matter what they do the educated society of South Africa will shine.The respect of the constitution is paramount in any civilised society.When you are a professional person you dont sell your conscience to those you have nothing to show to society.The Chief Justice wil always be a respected person in our society.The Honourable Ngcobo is not a Malema to be played with in a society lacking dignity.The ANC should look elsewhere.Thank you Justice Ngcobo for showing them the way.Hamba khale.

  • Dan - 2011-07-27 21:12

    A sane black man with integrity . how rare

  • OLIBO - 2011-07-28 10:38

    At times like these I wish Bob was the President of SA. We are enjoying the fruits of the "best Constitution in the world". Time will tell if the challenge to the extension of Judge Ngcobo's term is genuine or meant to promote particular interests. Why did the same organisations not object to the extension of the term of office of the previous two CJs Chakalson and Langa)? The next call will be for Zuma to appoint Moseneke as CJ, and ignore the cloud over Moseneke's family business connections in the mining industry. Zuma should appoint some one from outside the CC.

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