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PAC speaks out on SA's judiciary and arms deal

By unknown | Aug 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Eric Naki

Eric Naki

The Pan Africanist Congress wants an independent judiciary where the chief justice and deputy chief justice are appointed by the Judicial Services Commission and not by the president.

PAC general secretary Mfanelo Skwatsha said the party feels that the fact that the two leading judicial officers are appointed by the president, who himself is deployed by a political party, is an anomaly that must be corrected.

"This would enhance the independence of the judiciary as well as the doctrine of the separation of powers," Skwatsha said.

Following its two-day NEC meeting at Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, at the weekend, the PAC further resolved that judges should be appointed from the ranks of senior advocates and attorneys.

Skwatsha said the current attacks on the judiciary did not address the inefficiencies in the justice system, but were merely for political expediency and could not be supported by the PAC.

"While the judges are no saints, the attack by the ruling party is worsening the situation. The accusation that judges are counter-revolutionary is aimed at intimidating them when they consider the (Jacob) Zuma and other high-profile ANC cases."

The party called for a judicial inquiry into the arms deal and said that all contracts that were secured corruptly then should be revoked. Companies that failed to deliver jobs should have their contracts cancelled.


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