New Chief Justice for South Africa as Mogoeng's Tenure Nears End

By October 2021, South Africa's Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, will have finished his 12-year term at the helm of the Constitutional Court. How will his successor be selected, and what qualities are needed by the holder of this high office, writes Hugh Corder for The Conversation.

Mogoeng's tenure has been marked by successes like being named head of the African Judicial Congress and making landmark rulings ordering Jacob Zuma to pay back the money used to upgrade the former president's Nkandla homestead and that political parties must disclose sources of private funding. Mogoeng has also been noted for raising controversies. These include making pro-Israel statements during a webinar that drew the ire of pro-Palestinian activists and which the Judicial Conduct Committee ruled he should apologise for, and remarking that infusing religion into the law might lead to high moral fibre in the country.

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (file photo).

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