Presidency accepts and respects ConCourt ruling
By Lelethu Mquqo
29 July 2011
The Presidency says it accepts and respects an earlier ruling by the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.
The court’s nine judges unanimously agreed that President Jacob Zuma had acted unconstitutionally in his unilateral decision to extend the term of office of Chief Justice Sandile Ncgobo.
Spokesperson for the Presidency, Mac Maharaj, says they will now study the ruling to see what remedial action the ConCourt has issued to Parliament.
Meanwhile the African Christian Democratic Party has welcomed the ruling, saying it highlights the independence of the Judiciary.
The party’s Steve Swart says the ruling shows that even decisions made by the President can be questioned by civil society.