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Term of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng comes to an end

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The Office of the Chief Justice has announced that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has taken long leave with effect from 1 May 2021. “Regulation 3 of the Judges’ Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act, 2001 provides for Judges to take leave of three and half months for every period of four years’ actual service,” it said. In a statement on Thursday, the Office of the Chief Justice said this leave is referred to as long leave within the Judiciary. “The Chief Justice’s four-year cycle to take his long leave commenced on 01 July 2018 but he was unable to take it due to his judicial and extra judicial commitments.” In terms of Regulation 8 of the Judges Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act, Judges leave is not cumulative and therefore had the Chief Justice not taken his leave it would have been forfeited as it has happened on previous occasions. “He accordingly informed the Minister and the President about his intention to take his long leave and requested that Justice Sisi Khampepe be appointed as Acting Deputy Chief Justice which the President has duly done. “It is a normal practice in the Judiciary for Judges to take their leave whenever it is due. The Chief Justice’s long leave was due and he has duly taken it.”

The term of the Chief Justice is expected to come to an end today.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s decade long-term at the helm of the Constitutional Court as one characterised with fearlessness, integrity and resilience.

“Today we pay tribute to Chief Justice Mogoeng for endowing South African jurisprudence and the democratic order more broadly with judicial integrity and resilience which has impacted positively on the lives of citizens and advanced accountability.

“Following a decade of outstanding service and leadership, Chief Justice Mogoeng leaves a rich legacy for our democratic culture, our judiciary, the legal profession and ordinary South Africans,” the President said.

President Ramaphosa hailed Chief Justice Mogoeng for leading a “fearless” judiciary, which has earned South Africa international recognition.

“Chief Justice Mogoeng’s leadership inspired a judiciary that was fearless in holding those in power to account and empathetic to the plight of individuals and groups in our society. This has deepened international regard for South African jurisprudence, for the integrity, effectiveness and efficiency of our democratic institutions, and for the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution.

“Chief Justice Mogoeng presided over our judiciary during a decade which was challenging in many ways, but during which our judiciary held firm and enabled the renewal of our society” he said.

The President wished him well in his retirement.

“Having served the nation with such distinction since September 2011, Chief Justice Mogoeng is now able to devote himself to more his personal interests, even though we know he will continue to be an important figure and voice in public life,” President Ramaphosa said.

The process to appoint a new Chief Justice is currently underway with eight people qualifying for a nomination to lead the apex court.

South Africans have until 5pm on Friday to submit objections to the nomination of any of the nominees with their biographies available on The Presidency’s website.

Objections can be sent to angeline@presidency.gov.za and OSewpaul@justice.gov.za. – SAnews

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MARCH 17, 2017. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is seen during the ruling. Black Sash described being extremely happy, that the Constitutional Court granted all its requests in its case against Sassa.”The NGO welcomed the news that there would be no disruptions to the grant payment system on April 1, following Friday’s ruling, said spokesperson Esley Philander.”Also significant is that the ConCourt asserted that the confidential data of social grant beneficiaries must be protected.”The court ordered the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Paymaster Services to continue paying social grants until another entity could be found to do so. The invalidity of the previous contract between Sassa and CPS would be suspended for 12 months. PHOTOGRAPH: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES

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