President won’t pay for pardons application: Concourt

2010-03-16 14:54

THE president does not have to pay for court action lodged against

him to say what he planned to do about pardons, the Constitutional Court ruled

today.


ast year a group of about 384 had successfully sought a court

order which forced President Jacob Zuma to process their pardon applications,

lodged as far back as 2003.


Shortly after that the litigants made another application to get

the president to say what he was doing about their pardons, following that

judgment.


The court found that the litigants had been too hasty with this

application and even though they felt justified because of previous delays, they

could simply have written to the president to ask what he planned to do about

the judgment.


The court did not want to take away the right to use litigation to

vindicate rights, but found they had been too quick.


Judge Sisi Khampepe concluded by saying there would be no costs

order on that application.

 

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