Ramaphosa nominates Judge Maya as Chief Justice

Ramaphosa nominates Judge Maya as Chief Justice

The office of Chief Justice will become vacant from 31 August 2024, as the 12 years term will be coming to an end. President Cyril Ramaphosa has since made his preference known by nominating Judge Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya as Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa.

According to the Presidency, Ramaphosa has embarked on a consultative process with representatives of political parties in the national assembly to convey his nomination in accordance with Section 174(3) of the Constitution. He invited the political parties to make their submissions on the suitability or lack thereof for Deputy Chief Justice Judge Maya to hold office.

On approval, Judge Maya will succeed Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Judge Maya is currently serving as Deputy Chief Justice and has held the positions of Deputy President and President of the Supreme Court of Appeal. The Deputy Chief Justice attained has 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.

Her first appointed was as a Judge of the Eastern Cape Division of the High Court in 2000.

“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,” Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President.

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. He is currently serving as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal.


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