Ramaphosa Slams Attacks on Judiciary

Written by on 22 February, 2021

By: Pamella Majola

President Cyril Ramaphosa says attacks on the judiciary should not be taken lightly as they shake the very foundation of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

Ramaphosa’s statement comes after former president Jacob Zuma accused some judges of lawlessness, saying they have left their constitutional posts for political expediency.

Zuma, who was one of the keynote speakers  at the virtual Umrabulo roundtable hosted by the ANC Political School, said the country’s judicial system hinders social cohesion.

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EFF leader Julius Malema has also accused some members of the judiciary of receiving bribes from white business interests.

In his weekly newsletter, Ramaphosa says unless supported by evidence, such claims undermine confidence in the courts and weaken the constitutional order.

“We should therefore be concerned when those who occupy prominent positions in society make statements that demonstrate a disdain for the basic principles of our Constitution and the institutions established to defend our democracy,” explains Ramaphosa.

The President adds that anyone who has evidence of any wrongdoing by any judge should make use of the avenues provided in the Constitution and in the law to ensure that appropriate action is taken.

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