The African National Congress (ANC) has backed President Cyril Ramaphosa after appointing Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo as new Chief Justice of South Africa, effective April 1, 2022.
ANC National spokesperson, Pule Mabe said under the leadership of Justice Zondo, the ruling party was confident the judiciary would continue to declare its independence.
He said the judiciary would strengthen its interpretation of the rule of law which upholds all South African rights and promotes fair justice.
According to the ANC, President Ramaphosa has done a good job for being open, inclusive and transparent following the process in making nominations for the position of Chief Justice to the Judicial Service Commission.
“We commend [Ramaphos] for allowing members of the public to nominate and comment on the nominees’ contribution to deepening our constitutional democracy,” Mabe said.
The ANC also accepted President Ramaphosa’ statement that he intended to appoint Judge Mandisa Maya as Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court once a seat became vacant.
“In terms of Section 174 (3) of the Constitution, the President, as head of the national executive, appoints the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice and names the President and Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal after consulting the Judicial Service Commission,” added Mabe.