- The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned about attacks on the judiciary.
- The SAHRC will, in the next five years, focus on the impact of corruption on human rights.
- Political leaders like Julius Malema and former president Jacob Zuma have launched attacks on the judiciary.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has raised concerns about attacks on the judiciary.
In a statement, SAHRC spokesperson Gushwell Brooks said it was concerning that senior political leaders have been questioning the courts' authority.
Zuma has refused to co-operate with the commission and threatened a revolt against the judiciary over what he claims is an overexerting of power.
The commission heard testimony from several witnesses about how there were efforts to bribe judges to make judgments in Zuma's favour.
EFF leader Julius Malema is another political figure who has criticised the judiciary.
He claimed President Cyril Ramaphosa used the court to fight his political opponents.
Brooks said the judiciary's ability to conduct its work independently was essential for the functioning of democracy.
"The SAHRC will, as part of its strategic focus for the next five years, focus on the impact of corruption on human rights.
"Corruption is a major impediment to development, the alleviation of poverty, the establishment of economic equality and the delivery of socio-economic rights and services for all within South Africa."
He labelled testimony presented at the commission on corruption as shocking.
"The SAHRC welcomes the progress made by the Zondo commission and calls on senior officials of political parties, including those within the governing party, to ensure that independent judicial processes are left unfettered by party politics."