Casac welcomes Zuma's move to appoint acting deputy chief justice

The president has appointed Bess Nkabinde following justice Dikgang Moseneke's retirement.

President Jacob Zuma.

JOHANNESBURG - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says it believes President Jacob Zuma has acted appropriately in appointing Justice Bess Nkabinde as acting deputy chief justice of the Constitutional Court.

Zuma appointed Nkabinde yesterday following justice Dikgang Moseneke's retirement.

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

Casac says it welcomes the fact that Zuma moved swiftly in filling the position, although temporary.

Executive secretary Lawson Naidoo says, "The court is in session and the workload needs to be managed. We believe that the president has acted appropriately."

Naidoo says the appointment also shows the rest of the world that women can be appointed in high positions.

"We wish her all the best in executing her duties."

Political parties have also welcomed Nkabinde's appointment, wishing her well in her new position.