Embattled Hlophe, Mkhwebane make nominations list for chief justice

Embattled Hlophe, Mkhwebane make nominations list for chief justice

The embattled Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has been named as one of the candidates vying for the judiciary’s top job.

Western Cape Judge President Justice John Hlophe

Last month Ramaphosa opened the process up to the general public, calling for nominations for the next chief justice. 

The submission process closed last week Friday - generating close to 150 nominations with 25 names. 

“Of the 25 names, only 8 nominations met the criteria as set out in the call by the President,” says the Presidency’s spokesperson Tyron Seale.  

Hlophe’s name appears first on the list, despite him being the subject of impeachment proceedings after he allegedly attempted to influence two Constitutional Court judges in a case involving former president Jacob Zuma.  

“The Nominations Panel, which is chaired by Judge Navanethem (Navi) Pillay, assessed and scrutinised all submissions,” says Seale. 

Also on the list is Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. 

Mkhwebane also faces impeachment processes, the first for a Section 9 institution.

Current Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is also on the list which South Africans will have until mid-October to contest.  

The 8 names that qualified for nomination as set out in the criteria are, in alphabetical order: 


1. Judge President John Hlophe 

2. Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga 

3. Justice Mandisa Maya 

4. Dr Wallace Amos Mgoqi 

5. Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane 

6. Judge President Dunstan Mlambo 

7. Adv. Alan Nelson, SC 

8. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo 


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