Political parties welcome Nkabinde's appointment as acting deputy chief justice

Dikgang Moseneke stepped down on Friday, after serving the highest court in the land for 14 years.

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke delivered his last judgment as a judge in the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Political parties have welcomed the appointment of Justice Bess Nkabinde as acting deputy chief justice, following Justice Dikgang Moseneke's retirement from his position in the Constitutional Court.

President Jacob Zuma appointed Nkabinde earlier today.

Moseneke stepped down on Friday, after serving the Highest Court in the land for 14 years.

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The acting deputy chief justice was appointed to the Constitutional Court by President Thabo Mbeki in 2005.

She has acted as a High Court judge, and held acting positions in the Labour Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Democratic Alliance shadow Minister of Justice, Glynnis Breytenbach, says Justice Nkabinde's appointment is a good move by President Zuma.

"She is a wonderful appointment, I'm sure that she will do very well in her position as the acting deputy chief justice."

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa says he wishes her appointment was permanent.

"If you have the deputy chief to be a woman that should be applauded, I'm sure."

Both parties have wished the acting deputy chief justice well in her new position.