Ramaphosa had last week indicated that he would nominate Maya for the deputy chief justice post that becomes vacant with Zondo’s promotion.
“President Maya has full confidence in justice Zondo as a leader in the judiciary and has no doubt that the contribution he will continue to make in our jurisprudence and administration of justice will strengthen and move the South African judiciary forward,” read the statement issued on her behalf.
“President Maya expresses her gratitude to everyone who supported her candidature, formally and informally, for the position of chief justice.”
Zondo became acting chief justice after the departure of chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng last year. Zondo will take office on April 1.