- The shortlisting panel received more than 500 submissions of public comment.
- The comments were in favour of or in objection to the nominees for chief justice.
- The shortlist is expected to be submitted to Cyril Ramaphosa by no later than 29 October 2021.
The Presidency announced that the shortlisting panel, handling nominations by the public for the position of the next chief justice, received 564 submissions of comment.
The comments were in favour of or in objection to the nominees.
The period for public comment closed on Friday - and submissions vary in substance and volume, it said in a statement.
"The panel will now give each nominee an opportunity to comment on the public submissions made in respect of his or her nomination.
"Upon receipt of the comments of the nominees, the panel will commence with the assessment and evaluation of each candidature in order to compile a shortlist of three to five candidates for submission to and further consideration by the President [Cyril Ramaphosa]."
The shortlist is expected to be submitted to Ramaphosa by no later than 29 October 2021.
Ramaphosa had called on the public to nominate South Africa's next chief justice to promote transparency.
A nominations panel put forward eight candidates.
Judge President John Hlophe
Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga
Justice Mandisa Maya
Dr Wallace Amos Mgoqi
Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Judge President Dunstan Mlambo
Advocate Alan Nelson, SC
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo