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Rudolph Muller
02-13-2012, 09:38 AM
President Jacob Zuma wants to review the Constitutional Court's powers, according to a report on Monday.
"We don't want to review the Constitutional Court, we want to review its powers," Zuma told The Star newspaper during an interview.


"It is after experience that some of the decisions are not decisions that every other judge in the Constitutional Court agrees with."


This was reportedly part of a democratic process to counterbalance the powers of the three arms of the state. According to the newspaper the issue was raised by a deputy minister and ANC leaders at the party's national executive committee meeting two weeks ago and discussed by Cabinet ministers. Zuma told the newspaper it was a "general societal issue" that was being raised.


He questioned the logic of having split judgments and said judges were influenced by the media.
"How could you say that [the] judgment is absolutely correct when the judges themselves have different views about it?" Zuma told the newspaper. He said if the decisions by Parliament could be challenged there was nothing wrong with questioning the judiciary.

Rudolph Muller
02-13-2012, 09:39 AM
This is not good. The justice system must reign supreme!

John
02-13-2012, 09:50 AM
Zuma should really just focus on getting the economy going and getting corruption down. No need to interfere with the justice system, unless he wants to make it more efficient.

ChilliGirl
02-13-2012, 10:19 AM
Zuma should really just focus on getting the economy going and getting corruption down. No need to interfere with the justice system, unless he wants to make it more efficient.

why?

if he changes the laws/rulings then it means that more things can be swept under the rug & the country can go down quicker. It'll still be blamed on the pre-1994 government & everyone will be twiddling their thumbs & say "eish"

John
02-13-2012, 10:24 AM
If he changes the laws/rulings then it means that more things can be swept under the rug & the country can go down quicker. It'll still be blamed on the pre-1994 government & everyone will be twiddling their thumbs & say "eish"I do not think this is what he has in mind. Look at the part below:

"He questioned the logic of having split judgments and said judges were influenced by the media. "How could you say that [the] judgment is absolutely correct when the judges themselves have different views about it?" Zuma told the newspaper. He said if the decisions by Parliament could be challenged there was nothing wrong with questioning the judiciary."

ChilliGirl
02-13-2012, 10:32 AM
I do not think this is what he has in mind. Look at the part below:

"He questioned the logic of having split judgments and said judges were influenced by the media. "How could you say that [the] judgment is absolutely correct when the judges themselves have different views about it?" Zuma told the newspaper. He said if the decisions by Parliament could be challenged there was nothing wrong with questioning the judiciary."

I think you're not quite reading all I wrote.

He & his buds will get it changed so they can have the law in their back pockets & remain forever above the law. Surely you can't expect judges to always be unbiased on things, therefore they probably appoint the judges least likely to be biased in a case. The other judges won't agree, but they have personal opinions as to why. That is what the buddy-gang wants changed, they probably want rulings based on emotion/personal preferences.

So yes that will be bad.

TonyA
02-14-2012, 12:10 PM
Judges can give a dissenting judgement which is also quoted in the law reports and which can be used in later cases. If 11 judges sit together their interpretation of the law on the case could easily differ, but the majority decision will stand. It seems JZ wants to reduce the bench to 5 or 3 and some make it easier for cronism to occurr.