ConCourt justices Khampepe, Jafta hailed for ‘excellent service’ following retirement

ConCourt justices Khampepe, Jafta hailed for ‘excellent service’ following retirement

Retired Constitutional Court justices Sisi Khampepe and Chris Jafta have been hailed for their exceptional service to the judiciary.

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Khampepe and Jafta retired from the apex court on Monday. 


After a trailblazing legal career spanning over 40 years, acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo described Khampepe as ‘brave’.


“Justice Khampepe’s time on the bench of the Constitutional Court is marked and celebrated as a period during which she eloquently developed jurisprudence on the rights of women and children, and other vulnerable members of society,” judiciary spokesperson Nathi Mncube said in a statement. 


“She will also be remembered for her judicial bravery and unfailing fidelity to the rule of law.”


Khampepe’s retirement comes weeks after delivering a historic judgment in former president Jacob Zuma’s clash with the judiciary. 


“Her last two well-known judgments related to the work of the State Capture Commission of Inquiry and strengthened the rule of law and the principle of equality before the law,” Mncube added in the statement. 


“She is celebrated by her colleagues and the legal community as a jurist of vast intellect, uncompromising integrity and inimitable style. She led and followed with grace, kindness and diligence. Her quiet yet fierce strength will be sorely missed, but remembered with gratitude and admiration.”


The judiciary thanked Jafta for his contribution. 


“On behalf of my colleagues in the Constitutional Court, and the judiciary as a whole, I thank Justice Jafta for his contribution to the development of our law, for the service he rendered in various courts of our country and for his contribution to the promotion and protection of the independence of the judiciary.”


Jafta’s retirement comes before the conclusion of the John Hlophe matter.


The Western Cape judge president faces impeachment processes after he allegedly attempted to influence two Constitutional Court judges, including Jafta, in a case involving former president Jacob Zuma.  


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