Greater independence for judiciary

2015-02-26 12:43

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Johannesburg - The office of the chief justice will receive its own budget for the first time this year as part of moves to protect the independence of the judiciary, Netwerk24 reported on Thursday.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene allocated R5.2bn for the medium-term.

This meant the office of the chief justice would pay the salaries of judges in high courts, instead of the justice department.

University of Cape Town constitutional expert Christopher Oxtoby said the chief justice having control over his budget helped prevent other organs of state influencing the courts by withholding money.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's spokesperson Nathi Ncube said all functions "relating to high courts would be transferred to us".

The director general would be known as the secretary general and would still report to the justice minister.

Netwerk24 said this could create conflict between Mogoeng and the minister because Mogoeng had already spoken out about the minister's official working out of his offices

Nene said R492m would also be prioritised to improve access to justice.

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