Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been announced as the new Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Johannesburg - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been announced as the new Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday morning. 

Chair of Council, Rev Dr Vukile Mehana made the announcement and said the University was indeed fortunate to have the eminent Chief Justice and looked forward to interacting with him as Chancellor. 

Mogoeng is the third Chancellor to hold office at the university. 

His duties will include the University Statute as the titular head of the University and preside over all congregations and in particular, he confers all degrees and awards all diplomas and certificates at graduation. 

He will also perform such functions as assigned to him by the Council of the University.

Rev Dr Mehana thanked his predecessor Dr Zweli Mkhize for his distinguished service to the University who served two four-year terms of office.

The Chancellor is elected by Council and holds office for a period of four years. 

Mogoeng was appointed to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa and was subsequently elevated to the position of Chief Justice in September 2011 and is also one of the Vice Presidents of Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa. 

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