Zuma signs law on courts

2013-08-23 20:44

Cape Town - A proclamation that brings the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Act and the Superior Courts Act into operation was signed by President Jacob Zuma on Friday.

The Superior Courts Act repeals the Supreme Courts Act of 1959 and rationalises all laws relating to the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal, and the high courts.

It sets up a single high court with divisions in the provinces, and gives the judiciary greater powers in setting rules for the functioning of the courts, in a bid to improve their efficiency.

"The coming into operation of the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Act is of fundamental importance to our democracy as it entrenches our highest court in the land as the upper guardian of our Constitution and the rule of law," Zuma said in a statement.

"The 11 judges of [the] apex court in the land have the enormous responsibility of not only guiding other courts in South Africa but also of ensuring that the laws passed by our democratic Parliament are in line with the Constitution."

Government believed the two laws would give effect to the constitutional imperative of giving all South Africans access to justice.

"The Superior Courts Act provides a workable framework to increase the capacity of the courts, improve court management, and reorganise judicial boundaries to promote access to justice," Zuma said.

"Through this act more circuit high courts will be established to ensure that high courts are more accessible to the communities within their close proximity."

  • Bolsheviks Partysa - 2013-08-23 20:56

    Zuma is good at destroying,the youth league died on his watch,he has succesfuly swallowed the sacp,cosatu is going the youth league way because he wants his yes men incharge,i don't think there is any need for a strong opposition to the anc at this moment,Zuma is the perfect opposition and he will soon light the fuse from inside.

      sxp - 2013-08-24 07:48

      The people who vote for him and his party are the real problem.

  • Trevor Matthews - 2013-08-23 21:02

    I bet zuma understood what he was - ya right!

      Fourhundredkg Bobbejaan - 2013-08-24 18:36

      Of course he did. Don't make the mistake of underestimating Showerhead. The constitutional amendment gives Mogmog more sweeping powers, limits the High Court's powers to decide constitutional matters and also severely limits the Constitutional Court's powers. Boil away, little froggie!

  • Richard Scully - 2013-08-23 21:04

    What about the new law racially classifying property registration

      Heibrin Venter - 2013-08-24 09:53

      Richard, can you post a link to a news article, or even better, a government gazette article or similar, I'd love to read more about it (first I hear of it). Thanks!

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-08-23 21:29

    Just another outomatic hand reflex on paper as he got no clue what he signed...his program for the day stated....sign paper then eat and laugh...

  • Mike Jones - 2013-08-23 21:33

    Oh well - it makes a change from the finger that he normally shows to the courts.

  • Gershom Williams - 2013-08-23 21:41

    zuma is not worth the top 5 best paid presidents in the world, his wasted 1 billion rand so far and still counting....

  • Dagga Movement - 2013-08-23 21:55

    apartheid dagga laws defy the constitution

  • Bhramani Nkomo - 2013-08-23 22:23

    justice 2 all south african my foot maan. pen and paper are just tools to write wat eva!

  • Michael Nelson - 2013-08-24 02:23

    Goodness me, Shower-Boy knows how to sign stuff??? Sooo, that's why he earns the big bucks huh?! Tell you what, he's really going to have to watch his back now that the secret is out, all the others in the anc party are going to be pi$$ed that they don't have one....

      Michael Nelson - 2013-08-24 13:53

      Dear Martin, a few corrections if I may. Firstly, you should add a lot more water to that desiccated fruit bat cr@p your corner store witchdoctor told you would give you the wisdom of your ancestors - wrong on two counts there the most obvious being the vacuum of wisdom your ancestors have interred. The other is the confusion you suffer from by deluding yourself as capable of determining my "intelligence or lack thereof" Secondly - he's not my "Bloody President" No biological entity possessed of even a single functioning synapse could ever endorse into power anything that so violates a position of authority as "The Showered One"! Thirdly - I do not insult your President at every opportunity - there are far too many and I just can't get to them all! Oh, and in closing, my "thin skull" - you are absolutely correct there, it was designed that way to maximise the containment and manipulation of information - oddly different to yours which seems suited to be bone graft donor material.

  • Andrew M - 2013-08-24 07:32

    What difference does this make if the President does not comply with court orders as present is the case, ignoring and appealing at last minute just to delay matters more.

  • sxp - 2013-08-24 07:48

    What does access to justice help if it is too expensive or the "system" is mainly geared to make money of men and women?

  • Rob Mugabe - 2013-08-24 08:10

    Thank you

  • Letsepem Mongalo - 2013-08-24 09:51

    It is imperative to not parliament is accountable to the country citizens,therefore amendments in laws should immensely benefit all the people and consultation remains key as those who are been affected by loopholes are the poorest of the poor and more training should be given to all the law enforcement,more especially the police and the execute shouldn't only talk about assessebility without pointing out how because those who represent whoever wants justice always want to be placed in funds,then the question is here are the laws but where a funds to access all the parameters of the law,like it is happening with Marikana people who are been excluded by the very same people who preach justice. Justice is equality and one sided. If another person cannot afford justice and the other does not,there need to be mechanisms in place to assist those who lack the resouces and these loopholes were created when the proclamations were made without consultation and now it affect the very people it intends to help: Mongalo Joel

  • Israel - 2013-08-24 10:39

    Zumakie signing this new act is only in YOUR OWN self interest - you do not care a f*ck improving the judicial system efficiently - you just want to cover your ASS in the event you make a mistake again

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-08-24 10:57

    All judges have been carefully selected, of that I am sure.

  • Chikomborero Dupxa - 2013-08-24 13:13

    Great development for South African jurisprudence.

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-08-24 19:22

    This Zuma should take serious introspection of himself. He does not have the capacity to sign ANY law because he is in contravention of most official laws in SA

  • Sipho Sesh Zwane - 2013-08-25 22:49

    Welcome to the "DEMO-cratic" of South Africa He mite as well change the national anthem too our own emerging morsi with the army power too.

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