President Cyril Ramaphosa is still waiting for a formal report from the Judicial Service Commission recommending justice Mandisa Maya as its choice for SA’s next chief justice. But the president will have to decide whether to back the commission’s candidate or choose another, in the face of a possible legal challenge to the process.  

The JSC announced on Saturday evening that it had opted for justice Maya, who is president of the supreme court of appeal and would be SA’s first woman chief justice if she were to be appointed. This came after a week of interviews with four chief justice hopefuls that was blighted by controversy, including claims of an unsubstantiated smear campaign and complaints of sexist questions. ..

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