Our judiciary under threat

I agree with previous suggestions that our country is facing a constitutional crisis.

I agree with previous suggestions that our country is facing a constitutional crisis.

Various recent developments are a cause for concern. The Constitutional Court judgement and circumstances surrounding it are the last straw.

I have serious misgivings about Judge Pius Langa's pronouncement that "courts should generally discourage any pre-trial litigation aimed at frustrating the trial from commencement".

Not only is the statement prejudicial to Zuma but it has the potential to adversely affect the administration of justice.

Section 9 (1) of the Constitution guarantees everyone "the right to protection and benefit of the law". Clearly Langa has another view when it comes to Zuma.

Is he arbitrarily trying to deprive people of their constitutional rights in his desire to see Zuma convicted at all costs?

Unfortunately our courts work on a precedent system, which means that in deciding future cases all courts will have to take those unconsidered comments into account.

Our judiciary is infiltrated. I believe that in the State vs Shaik and others and the Zuma issues, the judges played politics, not the law.

Our judiciary is under threat, but from the justices themselves. We need to rescue our judiciary from them.

Molatelo Mathikithela, Pretoria

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