SATURDAY PROFILE | ConCourt judge Kollapen: 'It can't be open season on the judiciary'

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Constitutional court Justice Jody Kollapen in his office in the Pretoria High Court (James de Villiers, News24)
Constitutional court Justice Jody Kollapen in his office in the Pretoria High Court (James de Villiers, News24)

In the week that Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo criticised Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu's remarks towards the judiciary, newly appointed Constitutional Court Justice Jody Kollapen says a response to Sisulu's remarks were necessary. Kollapen speaks to James de Villiers about why South Africa's democracy will remain "fragile" unless inequality is addressed, how he never thought he would become a judge growing up during apartheid in Marabastad, and how his Hindu beliefs have helped him embrace all of humanity.  

Constitutional Court justice Jody Kollapen, 64, who started his term on the bench of the country's highest court at the beginning of January, believes that a judicial response to Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was necessary.

Sisulu has been at the centre of controversy in recent days after she launched an attack on the South African Constitution and judiciary in a column on IOL.com, where among others, she inferred that judges were "mentally colonised".

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