THE DA has ignored the deadline set by President Jacob Zuma for the opposition to comment on his nomination of Judge Sandile Ngcobo as chief justice and has urged him to reconsider the matter.
DA leader Helen Zille said any comment would be "redundant" because Zuma has said that the opposition's input, which he wanted by yesterday, would not change his decision.
She said this became clear when he said on August 6 that he had "appointed a judge that I believe is capable".
This suggests, Zille said, that "his mind was closed on the matter even prior to consulting".
She also cited a statement by Zuma's spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, that the Presidency "cannot withdraw" the nomination.
"If eliciting advice is designed to inform one's decision, then that advice must be able to shape the outcome," Zille said.
"If the President was unwilling, as a default position, to change his preferred candidate any advice is redundant."