Those aligned with Zuma and the RET faction, far from protecting the judiciary from decisions that may register as unpopular, seek actively to incite and inflame derision for the judiciary, writes Nicole Fritz.
In October, Chief Justice Mogoeng’s term comes to an end and a new chief justice will need to be appointed. This new chief justice, while the senior judicial officer within the entire judiciary, will also be the presiding judicial officer for South Africa’s apex court, the Constitutional Court. She or he will take the helm of this court at roughly the same time four new judges of the Constitutional Court take office.
If President Ramaphosa nominates as his candidate for chief justice a judge already serving on the Constitutional Court, there is then the potential for a fifth seat on the court to be filled – as Chief Justice Mogoeng’s seat as judge, and not chief justice, becomes vacant.