Sandile Ngcobo

POLITICAL MACHINATIONS AND THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY – A REJOINDER TO THEMBA LANGA

Senior Attorney Themba Langa opens his article in Sowetan of 23 August published under the headline, “Judicial independence is not equal to supremacy over state” by writing that “the storm surrounding the nomination of Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as President Jacob Zuma’s preferred candidate to be the next chief justice symbolises the destruction of the crucial cornerstone of our democracy – the judiciary”.

I would argue, and so would many other South Africans, that it is Zuma’s flouting of the constitution and the silly appointments he makes that symbolises the destruction of the judiciary. The President, after consulting the Judicial Service Commission and the leaders of parties represented in the National Assembly, appoints the Chief Justice. President Zuma came up with the name of Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng before consulting the JSC and leaders of all political parties represented in Parliament

THE AUTOPSY OF SA STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

President Jacob Zuma delivered his 2011 state of the nation address to parliament. Since the time of Nelson Mandela, we have been hearing the same story every February. Zuma gets his fat cheque every month so are Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament, including those of the opposition and they don’t give two hoots about the poor and unemployed. They are the worst hypocrites.

Praise singing, which was introduced by Nelson Mandela, has gotten out of hand and reflects the parochialism of ethnicity/tribalism. It doesn’t belong to a national institution like the national assembly. Parliament must transcend tribal predilection.

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