President Cyril Ramaphosa has released the names of eight people nominated to contest the position of Chief Justice. Current Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, is serving the last month of his 12-year term.
As widely expected, Deputy Chief Justice and Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture, Raymond Zondo, has made the cut.
The list is, however, not without controversy. Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe and Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane are on the list of those nominated to the wish list of the number one Judge in the country.
Hlophe faces possible impeachment after the Judicial Conduct Tribunal of the Judicial Service Commission found him guilty of gross misconduct for trying to sway two justices of the Constitutional Court in a pending case linked to the corruption case against former president, Jacob Zuma.
His removal would mean that Hlophe is the first judge in democratic South Africa to be removed from office.
Mkhwebane is, on the other hand, facing two counts of perjury. Though this makes her the first Public Protector to be criminally charged, it did not stop her from making it onto the list of nominees.
The Presidency said 148 submissions were made to the nominations panel chaired by Judge Navanethem (Navi) Pillay, consisting of 25 names, which were put forward by members of the public.
Out of the 25 names only eight met the criteria, the statement from The Presidency said.
Last month Ramaphosa invited members of the public to take part in the nomination process with a panel already appointed to undertake the shortlisting process. He said the process was to make the appointment process transparent.
The other names on the list are Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga, Justice Mandisa Maya, Dr Wallace Amos Mgoqi, Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo and Adv. Alan Nelson, SC.