Also vying for one of the positions was advocate Cassim Moosa, who has held the role of acting judge of the high court since 2015.
Moosa has unsuccessfully tried many times to secure a permanent high court position. During his last unsuccessful interview in April, Moosa came under scrutiny for delays in delivering judgments, particularly between 2017 and 2018.
While his responses to this in the April interview had not impressed the judges, during his latest interview Moosa told the commission he had done a lot of reflection and had become sensitised and conscientised to the seriousness of delayed judgments.
“I have learnt from that specific exercise and have not found myself in that position again,” he told the commissioners.
He said he harboured no bad feelings about being overlooked for the position in the last round of interviews, adding he was not discouraged and it would all happen in good time.
“I have a passion for law and justice and therefore had to realise the people are above my individual wants and rights,” he said.
“When the time is right, and the people are of the view that I deserve to be appointed permanently, it will happen.”
Commissioners agreed that Moosa had portrayed a different character, with commissioner China Dodovu saying “he oozed confidence, showed much difference and improvement”.
Moosa said the rejections were “an opportunity to learn from my mistakes”.
On Wednesday, the commission will interview the five remaining candidates before making their recommendations on who should fill the vacant positions.