Sunday, 31 July 2011 04:11

President Zuma Accepts Court Ruling

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South African President Jacob Zuma has accepted a Constitutional Court judgment declaring that it was unconstitutional for him to extend now-outgoing Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo's term of office.

The press release issued from the office of the South African presidency detailed that," The Presidency accepts and respects the judgement of the Constitutional Court in relation to the unconstitutionality and invalidity of Section 8 (a) of the Judges' Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act of 2001 and will abide by it. The law was valid until today's judgement, and government will now study the ruling to see what directives the Constitutional Court is giving to Parliament for remedial action. vThe President has begun the process of appointing a new Chief Justice and will do so in accordance with the provisions outlined in the Constitution of the Republic."

A South African newspaper reported that, " The Constitutional Court on Friday ruled that it was unconstitutional for President Jacob Zuma to extend now-outgoing Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo's term of office. The judgment was unanimous.

The court declared Section 8a of the Judges Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act -- in terms of which Zuma extended Ngcobo's term -- unconstitutional.

The court found that the section allowed the president to "usurp" the power of Parliament and held that Parliament alone had the power to extend a Constitutional Court judge's term of office. Zuma and the Justice Minister were ordered to pay costs.

It was announced on Wednesday that Ngcobo had decided to withdraw his acceptance of Zuma's extension, which leaves the post of chief justice open from August 15 should a replacement not be found by then.

The application against the way Zuma offered Ngcobo an extended term was brought by the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution, Freedom under Law, the Justice Alliance of SA and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies."





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