BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed from the Presidency that President Jacob Zuma is set to appoint a new judge for Constitutional Court.
The Presidency said President Zuma in accordance with the constitution, has already consulted political parties on the appointment of the Constitutional Court judge.
An excerpt from a statement the Presidency issued read:
“President Jacob Zuma has, in accordance with section 174 (4) of the Constitution of the Republic, 1996, written to political leaders represented in the National Assembly informing them of his intention to appoint a Judge of the Constitutional Court.
“The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has on the 04 April 2017, interviewed candidates to fill a vacancy in the Constitutional Court.
“After due process, the JSC has submitted four names for the President’s consideration and President Zuma is in the process of giving consideration to the following candidates from the list with a view to appointing one of them as a Judge of the Constitutional Court.”
From our gatherings, the names JSC submitted for Zuma’s consideration are:
- Honourable Justice Narandandram Jody Kollapen
- Honourable Justice Stevan Arnold Majiedt
- Honourable Justice Leona Valerie Theron
- Honourable Justice Malcolm John David Wallis.
The Presidency added that President Zuma as the Head of the National Executive, and in pursuant of section 174 (4) will appoint the Judges of the Constitutional Court after consulting with the Chief Justice and the leaders of the parties represented in the National Assembly.
In 2016, President Zuma appointed two Judges to act as Judges of the Constitutional Court after the retirement of Justice Johann van der Westhuizen.
He appointed Justice Cagney John Musi of the Free State Division of the High Court in Bloemfontein to act as a Judge of the Constitutional Court from the 1st of August 2016 to 15th December 2016.
Also, he appointed Justice Boissie Henry Mbha of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein to act as a Judge of the Constitutional Court for the same period.