The South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the public to nominate the next justice chief as Mogoeng Mogoeng tenure ends next month.
President Ramaphosa said this decision aims to “further deepen public confidence in the independence and integrity of the judiciary”.
In a statement, the president’s cabinet said the the decision will help “promote transparency and encourage public participation”.
The nominations will be sent by mail to the presidency in the next two weeks after which a panel will shortlist three to five finalists and forward to the president.
The president will consult the judiciary service commission and political party leaders before appointing the chief justice.