ConCourt powers are safe, minister insists

2012-02-21 22:10
Cape Town - Government intends to review Constitutional Court decisions "germane to the executive" and not the powers of the court itself, Science Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.

Responding to opposition members' statements in the National Assembly, she said President Jacob Zuma had been very clear on this matter last week during his response to debate on the state-of-the-nation address.

"[He stated] that the intention of government is to review decisions that are germane to the executive and its exercise of power in terms of national and other legislation that has been [the] subject of rulings by the Constitutional Court.

"I did not hear him refer to reviewing the powers of the Constitutional Court," Pandor said.

The president's reply had "referred to decisions and an assessment of government, and to how those have impacted on policy and what lessons we of the executive must derive from that review".

This, she said, was necessary to improve the functioning of the executive and ensure policies were absolutely in line with what was mandated in the Constitution.

"So I don't know what all of this fuss is about and I really think members are looking for evil where none exists," Pandor said.

Earlier, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said the government had a duty to uphold the principle of the separation of powers and respect the independence of the judiciary.

"President Zuma's remarks last week to the effect that his government intends to review the powers of the Constitutional Court are not only a serious affront to [this] principle... but also undermine public confidence in the executive's commitment to uphold the Constitution," Mazibuko said.

Pandor said the government was committed to upholding the Constitution.

"We are responsible for ensuring that we act with regard to it; we swear oaths to ensure it is implemented; [and] that we uphold it," she said.

- SAPA
Read more on:    da  |  lindiwe mazibuko  |  jacob zuma  |  naledi pandor  |  judiciary
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.