Independence of judiciary 'not at risk'

2012-03-02 08:50

Johannesburg - The government's decision to commission a study on Constitutional Court rulings has "no agenda", ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa said on Thursday.

"We have no agenda to interfere with the independence of the judiciary, nor to diminish its powers and authority," he said in a speech at an ANC centenary event in Delmas, Mpumalanga.

"We believe firmly in the separation of powers between the judiciary, the executive and the legislative institutions. We respect the Constitution of South Africa and the rule of law."

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday the commission would study how Constitutional Court rulings had impacted on the law, the state and the lives of South Africans.

Transform the judiciary

His announcement came in the wake of a remark by President Jacob Zuma last month that the government wanted to review the court's powers.

However, Radebe downplayed the president's comment and said the project was not aimed at curtailing the court's powers, but formed part of overall efforts to transform the judiciary.

"The independence of the judiciary is not at stake," he said, adding that successive ANC governments had established an "impeccable record" of compliance with court rulings.

Radebe said the study would be undertaken by research institutions, and that the project should deliver "implementable rather than academic solutions to problems that risked undermining transformation".

  • Sariena - 2012-03-02 09:01

    To whom it may concern.Please,we all know how the ANC can lie.For 17 years the have been lying about everything up to now.Zuma should look at the poor and leave the law like it is.Thye ANC ius making big plans again.

      Max - 2012-03-02 09:28

      I agree, the question is not about the ANC's agenda, because we know they lie about that. The question is what can we do to prevent them.

      PhilipV - 2012-03-02 09:36

      Yip, perhaps they should tell that to somebody that would believe them ... I sure as &@$% don't. This is just a ploy to direct attention from what is really happening. And what is really happening, we would not know, the media has been told to STFU.

      Spyker - 2012-03-02 10:48

      Perhaps there is hope for SA after all. It is encouraging to see that (at least some) people see through the ANC, not like the rest.., first the rats and then the children, blindly following the "Pied Piper of Hamelin"... Viz, we all know what the ANC's code-word, "TRANSFORMATION" really means...

  • Andre - 2012-03-02 09:08

    How can you ever trust these liers?

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-03-02 09:17

    Re-assurance from a politician!!? its like being re-assured by a carnivore "turned" vegetarian.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-03-02 09:17

    Re-assurance from a politician!!? its like being re-assured by a carnivore "turned" vegetarian.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-02 09:22

    Constitutional court members should be appointed by members of the judiciary, not by the President. The Government should have no influence whatsoever over the C.C. As it is, these ANC fools are acting as if the country belongs to them. They keep on interfering with the media and the judiciary. They keep on trying to get us to believe that they mean no harm. By now South Africans should know better. The ANC only looks after the ANC. You can never trust them.

  • Kai - 2012-03-02 09:28

    No agenda, my left foot.

  • Douglas - 2012-03-02 10:11

    Are you kidding, the ANC has publicly stated its desire to reform the judiciary by giving it government oversite, so don't play us for fools. Further the ANC does not have an impeccable record of following court judgements. anyone who has lived in South Africa can see that. There is a phrase I find useful in these situations, "Pull the other one, it has bells on it."

      PB - 2012-03-02 10:18

      The only way we would believe this, is if the representation of this commission is 55% NON-ANC and 45% ANC. If they have no intention to angle it directly in their way, they should not have any problem with that. After all, the Constitution was written with THE WHOLE OF SOUTH AFRICA'S interests in mind, not only what's best for the ANC.

  • markus.botha - 2012-03-02 18:03

    Lies... (Again)

  • Hettie - 2012-03-29 11:03


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