ACTING Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has thanked outgoing Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng for his excellent service to the judiciary and people of Mzansi.

Mogoeng’s term of office came to an end on Monday, 11 October.

He also retired as justice of the Constitutional Court after he completed his full term of 12 years on the bench.

Zondo said: “Under his stewardship, the judiciary as an arm of state has taken strides to vigorously protect its independence and prove itself as the guardian of the Constitution. Through his outstanding leadership, Mogoeng greatly enhanced the standing of the judiciary in our country.”

He said Mogoeng served the country during some of the most difficult times in the constitutional democracy and was able to lead the judiciary with courage, integrity and wisdom.

“Mogoeng began his term of office at a time when many people doubted whether he was the right person for the job and yet it did not take him long to prove that, indeed, he was up to the challenges of the job,” said Zondo.

“In no time he won over many of those who had expressed doubt about whether he would be able to do the job.

“On behalf of my colleagues in the Constitutional Court and on behalf of the entire judiciary, I take this opportunity to thank Mogoeng for his excellent service in the judiciary and people of South Africa,” he said.