SAIRR slams Zuma on judiciary

2011-09-19 12:09

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma wants to make sure the judiciary "doesn't get in his way" or "scrutinise him too deeply", according to the chief executive of the SA Institute of Race Relations on Monday.

John Kane-Berman said in a speech in Cape Town that a number of commentators had professed themselves "baffled" and "in some cases stunned" by Zuma's failure to appoint Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke as chief justice.

"One editorial in the Mail and Guardian newspaper said that President Zuma portrays a profound lack of understanding about role of judiciary in a constitutional democracy," Kane-Berman said.

"On the contrary Mr Zuma understands that role perfectly well. He just doesn't agree with it. And he wants to make sure the judiciary doesn't get in his way or scrutinise him too deeply."

Zuma confirmed Mogoeng Mogoeng as the new chief justice on September 8, amid concerns raised by the legal fraternity over his inexperience and controversial judgments he handed down in the past.

Moseneke had been seen by a number of legal bars and judges as a favourite for the chief justice post.

Arms deal probe 'a tactical manoeuvre'

Kane-Berman said Zuma's decision to appoint a commission to investigate the multi-billion rand arms deal could also be a simple "tactical manoeuvre" by Zuma to avoid answering to the Constitutional Court.

"The question is whether President Zuma's promise of commission of inquiry into the arms deal is the start of a serious investigation, or is it simply a tactical manoeuvre to avoid being ordered to do that by Constitutional Court," he said.

Kane-Berman said the ANC's clampdown on the press was entirely predictable. Many journalists and "a number of foreign governments" had been surprised by the ANC's attempts to clamp down on the press, he said.

Within the context of the party's National Democratic Revolution philosophy however, a clampdown on the media was "entirely predictable".

"How could a liberal organisation do such a thing. Well, in the context of the NDR, the clampdown on the press is entirely predictable."

  • Mart - 2011-09-19 12:13

    This government is untrustworthy, and so say most of us!

      Bardy - 2011-09-19 12:53

      @Mandla. You are a idiot you know that? There is another way out. Make Zille president and you will see change in this country! It's not about white or black, it's about being right or wrong!

      nick - 2011-09-19 12:58

      @mandla ..... stop being black, and become a South African !!

      Ingie - 2011-09-19 13:08

      Its actually about the person with the brains..nothing else

      The Dad - 2011-09-19 13:53

      Mandla - I'm a black South Africa. 2 things... 1. Your comments are divisive and do not help at all for nation building. 2. No matter who is in government, I expect better than we are seeing.

      Oxygen - 2011-09-19 14:11

      @Mandla Get over yourself.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-19 12:21

    That's what i said.

  • WarDog - 2011-09-19 12:22

    They only figured this out now? The only thing the ANC cadres can't tolerate is someone stealing or being more dishonest then they are. This is common knowledge.

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-19 12:53

      Common knowledge to who @WarDog? For something to be common knowledge, it has to be substantiated by FACT and not trial by media. The government stance on cracking down on corruption is well documented.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-19 13:05

      - And the Titanics unsinkability was also well documented. What is well documented and what happens in reality are poles apart , pretty boy.

      euro-african - 2011-09-19 14:03

      'The government stance on cracking down on corruption is well documented' - It is?!?!? ohmikehunt please direct me to all this documentation of gov cracking down on corruption. We are still dealing with the arms deal fiasco from 2004! Everything else (Travelgate, oilgate, police leases, Ministers, etc) is on the back burner for now.

  • zackie - 2011-09-19 12:34

    The media should not cover any news related to the anc if the protection of zuma's corruption bill goes ahead

  • braamc - 2011-09-19 12:35

    Untrustworthy thieve and corrupt "leader" Waste of taxpayers money, nothing will come from this like anything else. Bunch of arrogant thieving, corrupt rubbish

  • one-way - 2011-09-19 12:36

    On Wednesday when the Terms of Referance are revealed , we`ll know what the scope will be and the potential level of sewerage, cos the induna won`t put his career on the block.

  • Notbuyinface - 2011-09-19 12:39

    Now you dont want the probe? I am actually shocked by this, being perpetual cry babies is actually a disease. SAIRR, is this another oppostion party like the media? They cant even conceal themselves anymore.

  • Mnumzane - 2011-09-19 12:40

    Mr John Kane Berman, ur argument is weak in the sense that you decide to concentrate on those who wanted Moseneke and only mentioned Zuma as the one who does not want Moseneke. U need to understand that there were so many pple with Legal minds who supported the appointment of Mogoeng. I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that being the Depty CJ does not put you in the position to be the CJ infuture. That is an international trend.

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-19 12:54

      Correct @Mnumzane

      Ingie - 2011-09-19 13:11

      why because he is another crook

  • Buic Unix - 2011-09-19 12:44

    Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. ~P.J. O'Rourke

  • Mandla - 2011-09-19 12:46

    Viva ANC

      cliffarc - 2011-09-19 13:16

      - Viva banana republic , Viva.

  • Ingie - 2011-09-19 13:08

    Well of course he wanted Magoeng..his scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. You keep me out of the Sh@t and I'll keep you safe. Its all about who you know in our govt and not what you know, because they know Bull Sh@t. Trust me Zuma still has a lot of uncovered business that is still to be aired sometime. he is a crook like all of them and at present is just trying to stay out of everything waiting for the dust to settle. BUT oneday someone will stir up that dirt and cause a huge sandstorm.

  • RobertKay - 2011-09-19 13:10

    @Mandla - would you mind translating your contribution to understandable English, because you baffled me.

  • george60 - 2011-09-19 13:10

    Zuma we are all not ANC stupid.

      Ingie - 2011-09-19 13:32

      We are DA..stupid...that makes us with the brains yebo

  • 7Wonders - 2011-09-19 13:25

    What entitled Judge Dikgang Moseneke to be Chief Justice? When he made those infamous comments he is purpoted to have made on his 60th birthday, he nailed his mast to anto-democratic tendencies. You guys can't blame Zuma for that! Judge Mokgoeng Mokgoeng was also judge of the Constitutional Court - why would he be precluded from being appointed Chief Justice? Zuma was perfectly correct and, I am sure, within his Presidential righst to appoint Judge Mokgoeng Mokgoeng. He (the President) will never discharge his duties if he was sidetracked by all the losers (from national elections)who, for some reason, seem to believe that democracy is only when things go their (spoilt brat) ways. The information bill is very draconian to say the least. What is it that Cwele and his like wants to hide from the public knowledge? The President, and his Ministers, ARE public servants - not the other way around! There is just no reason why citizens should allow their liberties to be taken away for the malicious intentions of a selfish few.

      Julian - 2011-09-19 13:57

      If you don't understand that the Constitution is paramount, and that no matter how big the ANC's parliamentary majority is, it does not give them the right to ram through legislation in conflict with the Constitution, then YOU are the anti-democratic one.

  • Ingie - 2011-09-19 13:28

    On the contrary Mr Zuma understands that role perfectly well. He just doesn't agree with it. And he wants to make sure the judiciary doesn't get in his way or scrutinise him too deeply." IS HE SURE HE UNDERSTANDS THIS????

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