JSC to interview Mandisa Maya for Deputy Chief Justice position

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The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will on Monday interview Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) president Mandisa Maya for the Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) position.

The role became vacant when President Cyril Ramaphosa controversially appointed Raymond Zondo as the new Chief Justice on 10 March. In doing so, Ramaphosa snubbed the JSC-recommended Maya.

JSC recommends Maya for Chief Justice

Zondo, formerly the Acting Chief Justice after Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng retired last year, took up office on 1 April. Maya, the first black woman SCA president, emerged as the JSC’s choice for the position on 5 February.

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Zondo, Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga and the Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mambo rounded off the candidate list for the post.

However, Ramaphosa opted for Zondo and touted Maya for the DCJ berth. The president said Maya would be in the running for the position subject to another JSC interview if she accepted. 

In April, the head of the appellate court accepted her nomination for the vacant seat. She will be the first sitting female DCJ in the country’s history should Ramaphosa appoint her to the post.

Zondo calls Ramaphosa ‘bold’ for appointing him

As reported previously, Zondo conceded that the decision by Ramaphosa to pick him as the country’s next Chief Justice was bold.

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Speaking for the first time since his appointment, Zondo told News24 that he is ready to work with everyone to deliver justice equally.

He also stressed that he feared his work leading the State Capture Inquiry could ruin his chances of getting the job. However, the former DCJ feels that the president took a “bold” decision to appoint him despite some vocal opposition.

“It occurred to me from time to time that my role in the commission could be a factor. I thought I’d not get the job because many were unhappy about some of the decisions I made in the commission. But, in my mind, it was always clear that I would do what is right. If it cost me anything, then so be it.”

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