Constitutional Court justice Bess Nkabinde is retiring at the end of the year, the court announced on Wednesday. Nkabinde served as a judge in SA’s highest court for 12 years. She was appointed in 2006 and when deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke retired in 2016, Nkabinde was appointed acting deputy chief justice. Nkabinde was the first woman to hold this position, the Constitutional Court said. She and Justice Chris Jafta alleged in 2008 that Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe had tried to influence their ruling in a corruption case involving President Jacob Zuma and Thint, a French arms company involved in the arms deal. A complaint was lodged but in the same year the two said they would not proceed with the matter. After that Nkabinde and Jafta were part of a co-complaint lodged by all Constitutional Court judges.

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