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President Cyril Ramaphosa

The Chief Justice appointment process: Where are we now and what happens next?

The Chief Justice appointment process: Where are we now and what happens next?

On 16 September 2021 President Ramaphosa kicked-off the process of selecting South Africa’s next chief justice by making an unprecedented call for nominations from the public. Although it came only 20 days before the retirement of outgoing Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, this historic break from past practice is a boost for transparency and participatory democracy, […]

On the ANC Deployment Committee’s influence on the appointment of judges – We need to reform the JSC

On the ANC Deployment Committee’s influence on the appointment of judges – We need to reform the JSC

Political parties’ influence on judicial appointments needs to be restricted by a clear set of criteria to guide the JSC’s appointment processes. During his testimony as ANC President at the State Capture Commission, President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about how the ANC Deployment Committee would recommend judges for different courts. The minutes from the ANC’s meeting […]

Criticism of the judiciary: attacking the authority of the courts

Criticism of the judiciary: attacking the authority of the courts

Maintaining the integrity of the judicial process In the Constitution of South Africa, Chapter 9 deals with State Institutions supporting Constitutional Democracy. Under section 194, Removal from Office it states the following; “(2) A resolution of the National Assembly concerning the removal from office of— (a) the Public Protector or the Auditor-General must be adopted […]