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SOUTH AFRICA'S ANC ACCUSES JUDICIARY OF PANDERING TO OPPOSITION

May 05, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

The African National Congress on Friday said it has “noted with concern” the judgment delivered by the North Gauteng High Court, which compels President Jacob Zuma to hand over records of his decision to the Democratic Alliance (DA) within five days.





South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) accused the judiciary of pandering to the opposition in ordering President Jacob Zuma to explain why he fired finance minister Pravin Gordhan in a cabinet reshuffle.

On Thursday Judge Bashir Vally, presiding in the matter heard in the North Gauteng High Court, ruled in favour of the opposition DA’s urgent application to have Zuma’s reasons for reshuffling his Cabinet on March 30 disclosed.

The court ordered the president to hand over records of his decision to the Democratic Alliance (DA) within five days.

The ANC said in a statement that the appointment of ministers and deputies, as well as reshuffling of the cabinet, was "a discretionary and political decision of the president".

"This judgment signifies unfettered encroachment of the judiciary into the realm of the executive - pandering to the whims of the opposition who want to co-govern with the popularly elected government through the courts," the ANC said.

He said to read into the Constitution that the President must explain himself on the composition of the executive to the opposition is to use the judiciary to police political decisions and sets a “very worrisome” precedent.

“The appointment of ministers and deputies as well as reshuffling of Cabinet is a discretionary and political decision of the President of the Republic derived from the Constitution, hence we urge the President to appeal this judgment.”



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