It was over two years ago that President Jacob Zuma nominated Mogoeng Mogoeng as Chief Justice. It was one of those historic moments that only Zuma can create. But we've moved on a bit since then (although the Hlophe Tribunal hasn't).
And on Friday he was awarded an honorary doctorate. It's time to assess how he's done.
When Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was first nominated to his current post, I made my view quite clear. I said that I thought he had been chosen by Zuma because he was the weakest of the candidates that he could get away with.
I pointed to his relative youth at the then age of just 50 (these are judges we're talking about) and even went as far as to suggest that he was probably the judge who had views closest to Zuma. You know, slightly on the patriarchal side.
At the time, after the appointment of Menzi Simelane as National Director of Public Prosecutions, cynicism about Zuma's selections was beginning to grow. Which meant that Mogoeng almost arrived in the midst of yet another Zuma-created storm. Or, depending on how you view these things, in the middle of a storm...