Zuma makes 12 advocates silks

2011-12-19 16:13

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has granted senior counsel status to twelve advocates, his office said on Monday.

They are advocates Thys Strydom, Michiel Daniel Du Preez, Marc Leonard Haskins, Gerhardus Bartholomeus Botha, Michael Hendricks Mabena, Nicoline Janse Van Nieuwenhuizen, Soraya Khatija Hassim, Andrew Papi Laka, Lesego Matlhodi Montsho, Petrus Gerhardus Cilliers, Abram Thami Ncongwane and Moses Mphaga.

"The president congratulated them in their new status and wishes them well in their practices," the presidency said in a statement.

It stressed that Zuma exercised his powers under section 84(2)(k) of the Constitution to confer the status of silk on the advocates.

The president's prerogative to do so is being disputed in a case before the North Gauteng High Court brought by advocate Roshnee Mansingh.

The court has heard argument that the status of senior counsel is not "an honour" in the same sense as, for example, national orders, and therefore it cannot be granted by the president in terms of the Constitution.

  • Grant - 2011-12-19 16:42

    Zoomer trying to buy new legal council after the Heath cock-up. Sorry if any of these individuals are offended but, just recently every single appointment seems to be in order to consolidate his personal position, and further erode the independence of the judiciary.

      Francois - 2011-12-20 00:38

      Ai tog Grant, firstly Heath was a judge before. Then an SC cannot argue any case out of his or her own, they need to be asked by an Attorney at law and an SC can argue the two sides of any legal dispute given that it is not in the same case, since that will be impossible. The Zoomer has Hulley and Heath and Hofmeyr and a string of people he can ask for advice, not that is always helps - any silk will be barred from the bar if they are not independent. I know we are all amazed that 17 years into democracy, we managed to find someone more stupid than PW Botha, but please don't let yourself get dragged into that, I think you are way more clever than that.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-19 17:09

    What the fook is it to Zuma anyway? Surely this is something that must be determined by your peers, as it has been for centuries. What hollow, politically motivated appointments. I'd shove them you know where if I was any of the 12.

  • George - 2011-12-19 18:28

    You saw what happened to Heath Good luck or look for another job. You are going to used and your name will be going down the gutter. Yuo have been WARNED

  • Godfrey - 2011-12-19 23:18

    Some free advice to Zuma, wait on the legal council to recommend their own and save legal cost (our tax money) in challenges.

  • Mark - 2011-12-20 00:11

    Are you hoping they will bat for you, Mr. President?

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