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President Ramaphosa Nominates Judge Mandisa Maya for Chief Justice

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Judicial Service Commission has recommended Justice Mandisa Maya, to President Cyril Ramaphosa for the position of Chief Justice of South Africa. #JSCinterviews #JusticeMaya #ChiefJusticeInterviews #JSCInterview #CJinterviews

Justice Mandisa Maya

Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa has named Judge Mandisa Maya as his preferential candidate for the highest judicial office in South Africa. Currently serving her tenure as the Deputy Chief Justice, Judge Maya is poised to succeed Chief Justice Raymond Zondo when his term concludes on the 31st of August 2024.

The announcement follows a period of intense speculation and public interest regarding who would be bestowed with the mantle of Chief Justice. As a commendable figure in the judiciary, Judge Maya’s nomination has sent a wave of anticipation across the legal landscape of the nation.

“The Presidency has confirmed President Ramaphosa’s decision to nominate Justice Maya for the Chief Justice role,” a spokesperson shared in a recent statement. “President Ramaphosa has invited the leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly to make submissions on the suitability or otherwise of Deputy Chief Justice Maya to hold the office of Chief Justice.”

President Ramaphosa has invited the leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly to make submissions on the suitability or otherwise of Deputy Chief Justice Maya to hold the office of Chief Justice.
 
The President has drawn the attention of leaders of political parties to Judge Maya’s illustrious judicial career, in which she was first appointed as a Judge of the Eastern Cape Division of the High Court in 2000.
 
She attained B.Proc (University of Transkei); LLB (University of Natal); and LLM (Duke University, North Carolina, United States of America) degrees as well as three LLD degrees (Honoraris) from the Universities of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela respectively.
 
President Ramaphosa has also, in terms of Section 174(3) of the Constitution, consulted the Judicial Service Commission, chaired by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, process on the President’s nomination of Justice Dumisani Hamilton Zondi as Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal.
 
Justice Zondi currently serves as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal.
 
The term of office of the Current Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Justice Xola Petse, will come to an end on 10 July 2024 when he attains the age of 70 and will be automatically discharged from office.
 
Justice Zondi holds a B.Juris from the University of Fort Hare, an LLB from the University of Natal, as well as an LLM from Georgetown University in the United States of America.
 
Following a successful career in practice, Justice Zondi was appointed to the Western Cape Bench in 2007. In 2011, he became a Judge of the Competition Appeal Court. Justice Zondi was elevated to the Supreme Court of Appeal in June 2014. In 2022, he was appointed as a Chairperson of the Electoral Court.
 
President Ramaphosa has invited the Judicial Service Commission to make submissions on Justice Zondi’s suitability for the position for which he has been nominated.

Judge President of the Supreme Court of appeals Justice Mandisa Maya as the next Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa.
Judge President of the Supreme Court of appeals Justice Mandisa Maya as the next Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa.

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