Outgoing Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng‘s 12-year non-renewable term as a Constitutional Court Judge officially came to an end yesterday.
Mogoeng became a Constitutional Court Judge in 2009. Two years later, he was nominated by former president Jacob Zuma for the position after Justice Sandile Ngcobo’s term of office came to an end.
Justice Mogoeng became the first Chief Justice nominee to be interviewed live on television for the position in 2011 in Cape Town.
In 2016 he delivered a scathing unanimous judgment not only against Zuma, but also against members of the National Assembly for violating their oath of office for the way they dealt with the Nkandla matter into security upgrades, setting the Nkandla report aside.
He also became the first Chief Justice to head the entire Judiciary. This after the constitution had to be amended for the 17th time to change the administration of the courts.
The constitutional amendment along with the Superior Courts Act paved way for the Judiciary to function Independently and for the Constitutional Court to be the Apex Court in the country on both criminal and civil matters. Chief Justice is one of the leaders to ever pray in parliament.