Assault on the judiciary (aka beating up the judge)

2017-05-16 08:46

I get the eerie feeling that whenever decisions go against government, organisations affiliated to political parties have a whiplash proclivity towards attacking the judges and through them the judiciary. Do they realise that such conduct is totally unconstitutional and that it's short of treason as that attack is attacking an integral part of government?

There is a difference between attacking the decision of the judge and attacking the person of the judge. It's perfectly constitutional for people to critique a decision and in the process attack the outcome inherent in that decision.Such a sober conduct gives an indication that we have a responsible and robust as well as active citizenry very much in tune with what is happening in our society. So there is nothing wrong with that.

What is wrong is when personal attacks on judges are levelled with total disregard to the the principle of the rule of law. There are checks and balances and, like the outcome of the DA favoured judgment which is now being appealed against by President Zuma, the outcome of the Constitutional Court vis-a- vis secret ballot has to be understood and then critiqued. Ours is a judiciary that is one of the most robust and independent and I hate to see it eviscerated and disembowelled like the judiciary in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

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