Poor must also have access to law – Zuma

2009-11-12 08:20

The law should do more for victims, the poor and the ignorant,

President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town yesterday.

“At what point will the law develop a stance to be proactive... in

defence of the victims?” he asked delegates to an international conference of

heads of prosecuting services.

The law should be for every citizen, not only the rich.

“If you say we have got equal rights, we must have equal rights

also to access to the law.”

He said he was worried by the fact that people sometimes went to

prison “when they are not supposed to".

Zuma also reaffirmed South Africa’s support for the International

Criminal Court (ICC) and other international justice agencies.

“We will also continue to support all international initiatives

aimed at upholding the rule of law, equality, justice as well as the protection

of human rights for all citizens of the world,” he said.

There was a strong case for African countries to strengthen their

national legal systems.

This would complement the work of the ICC.

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