Last day on the bench for Dikgang Moseneke

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has officially retired in the Constitutional Court today.

Dikgang Moseneke. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has thanked his deputy, Dikgang Moseneke, for his wisdom and selflessness during his tenure as he officially retires.

A special sitting is underway in the Constitutional Court to bid farewell to Moseneke.

Former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe are among the dignitaries honouring the outgoing justice.

Most of the tributes paid Moseneke today have highlighted his painful political history as an activist and incarceration on Robben Island during apartheid.

#Moseneke "As I end...I go back to where I started.I am my own liberator...our people are their own liberators."

Mogoeng has described his outgoing deputy as someone who still has a role to play in the country's public discourse.

#Moseneke Modise : The crafters of the Constitution were very clever because sometimes in Parliament we think that we are the balancing leg

In his last judgment delivered today, Moseneke ruled in favour of the Gauteng Education Department in their fight against the Federation of Governing Bodies of South Africa (Fedsas).

Fedsas challenged the department's school admissions policies, saying they are removing power from the schools which should be able to set their own policies.

Moseneke has been hailed a brave, creative and inspiring man who always upheld the Constitution.

Former judge president of the North and South Gauteng High Court Bernard Ngoepe says Moseneke is a dedicated and committed person.

"He has the courage to pursue what he believes in irrespective of the consequences and if only many South Africans could have that courage to stand by their conviction, this country would be a better place."