Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, whose tenure officially ends on Monday.
Mogoeng served twelve years at the Constitutional Court with ten of them as the country’s chief justice.
He was confirmed by former president Jacob Zuma in 2011 after two years of being a judge in the Constitutional Court.
Mogoeng was the first Chief Justice to have his interview for the post to be televised. Mogoeng was also the first Chief Justice in the history of South Africa to head the Judiciary following an amendment in the Constitution.
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution’s (CASAC) Lawson Naidoo says Mogoeng failed to provide leadership since he went on leave in May.
“It’s difficult to know what to say, the chief justice is effectively left the office a few months ago and took long leave from the end of May I think it was. He has been absent from the court in the last few months when the court has come under significant pressured he failed to provide the leadership that the judiciary needed at that particular time.”