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ConCourt's job to intervene - Zuma

2012-07-05 11:54

Johannesburg - South Africa's judges are doing an excellent job, and it is the Constitutional Court's job to intervene when government policy clashes with constitutional principles, President Jacob Zuma has told Beeld newspaper.

The Constitution should be strictly adhered to, and not unnecessarily tampered with, Zuma said it an interview with the newspaper, it reported on Thursday.

Zuma's support of timely Constitutional Court intervention to force the government to adhere to constitutional principles in times of policy conflict differed from his statements in Parliament last year.

At the time, he said that the executive authority (Cabinet) had the right to determine government policy, and that the courts' powers could not be seen as superior to those of the country's mandated leaders.

When Beeld asked Zuma how these opinions tied in with his current opinions, he said he supported the powers of the Constitutional Court.

He said that what made him unhappy was when people shackled the government's ability to perform its duties by going to court.

An example of this was a court challenge of his appointment of someone, who had proved themselves as a director general, to another post, he said.

This was an apparent reference to the Democratic Alliance's court case related to the appointment of advocate Menzi Simelane as the national director of public prosecutions.

Comments
  • lwandle.dyasi - 2012-07-05 12:10

    What a relief to hear this statement from an unexpected source. I wonder what lightning struck our president.

      SmilificationTheTrollSlayer!!! - 2012-07-05 12:17

      Oh, please, I don't buy it one bit. Zuma's daughter tweeted that they needed 2/3rd majority to change the constitution. So where would get a idea like that from? When Zuma says he now supports the constitutional court, it means he either gained a foothold in it -it's integrity is now compromised- or he has found a way around the constitution... :( SAD TIME FOR SA :(

      Henk - 2012-07-05 12:21

      Canvassing for your votes!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-05 12:33

      This I can agree with. Just keep protecting our constitution.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-05 12:37

      Goodness me - I smell a new 'Spin Doctor' at work. Perhaps the Gallagher Estate money spend woke one or two people up to the fact that all is not well in the garden after all ...... Do not believe this platitude people - SA is currently on course to become another Zimbabwe, but on a much grander scale. I feel sorry for the hungry masses when the Boer they so want to kill, will no longer be around to feed them. And that is coming from a Rooinek.

      peter.ndamase - 2012-07-05 12:40

      He was cornered, that's all. Watch his next ANC rally...

      liana.loots - 2012-07-05 14:27

      the 'second term' lightning

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-07-05 15:01

      What you see in SA is a black Romney, one day Romney support the health care bill and the next day he is against it. In the SA one day Zuma is against the ConCourt's and the next day he is supporting it.

      kenny.liebenberg - 2012-07-05 15:54

      Two words for our HOBO president zuma! GAT KRUIP!!!

  • Gavin - 2012-07-05 12:22

    zumas confused about erections and elections...

  • JohnDough - 2012-07-05 12:26

    Zuma is just "electioneering". He knows well that approaching the Constitutional Court is a time and money consuming exercise that the average man on the street cannot afford. The recent e-toll debacle is a classic example of this. What I don’t understand is why the ANC policy makers do not measure or test any changes they want to make against the Constitution BEFORE signing them into law; it would save us all a lot of time, money and unnecessary upheaval. How many more of Zuma’s idiotic decisions and appointments must be overturned by the Constitutional Court before he wakes up? The law passed recently preventing the export of Intellectual Property is a biggie and will once again just be a nightmare to overturn. This means that if a South African discovers a cure for rabies that person would not be allowed to export it IP around the world. No doubt the cANCer want to tax the IP to replenish their fast diminishing trough that they are stealing from. The cANCer don’t care as it is our money that they use to defend these cases and like in the e-toll case there were eight teams of private lawyers appointed by the Government to defend their respective cases. Should OUTA have spent R10 million presenting their cases how much did it cost SA to defend it? (No faith in their own legal team?) Zuma is a disgrace to South Africa, the citizens and Africa as a whole.

      Anthony - 2012-07-05 13:30

      you are so very very correct john---a total disgrace

  • lwandle.dyasi - 2012-07-05 12:36

    As much as I have a problem with this polygamy thing, it looks like his fifth wife is talking sense into our president.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-05 13:04

      Providing she has her voice heard above the rest of the harem .... Personally, I cant imagine why anyone would want more than one wife .... I've never won an argument with mine, let alone the ghastly thought of four others chipping in their opinion. I just guess we men are not that good at multi-tasking as we think we might be. Clearly, multi-tasking is the domain of the ladies!

      donovan.solomons - 2012-07-05 13:09

      Somehow I find that hard to believe, because sound (speech) cannot travel through a vacuum.

  • anton.dwl - 2012-07-05 12:45

    well you have changed your tune JZ, just a few months ago you were saying that there was a problem with the courts over turning Government decisions.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-05 13:21

    Simply stated... "I support the constitutional courts just as long as my decisions are not being questioned or challenged"

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-07-05 13:27

    Don't forget the e-toll fiasco..............it's was sent up to the constitutional court by Pravin in an attempt for this court to allow it to go ahead besides the whole 'sane' country against it. Be very careful about their intentions............once a slime ball, always a ..............

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-05 13:47

    This f**king moron doesn't know if he's Arthur or Martha.

  • john.fourie.18 - 2012-07-05 13:51

    They (the ANC) lost that case, did they not?

      JohnDough - 2012-07-05 18:00

      They lost the High Court case, that was when the Head Beancounter of SA (Pravin) petitioned the ConCourt directly. The case has not been heard yet.

  • antsho - 2012-07-05 14:04

    From now on, I'll always be indifferent to statements made by or attributed to the President: he was very clear about his re the judiciary and now he's made a 360 degree turn: those who have been on the wrong side of the law were happy with his comments when he attacked the judiciary and are probably annoyed now, and the opposite holds true for those who were annoyed! Wow, unbilievable!

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