ConCourt says President Jacob Zuma acted unconstitutionally

By Lelethu Mquqo
29 July 2011

Nine judges at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg have unanimously decided that President Jacob Zuma acted unconstitutionally when he extended the term of office of Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo.

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke read out the ruling this morning, saying the unilateral extension was invalid.

Ngcobo earlier this week withdrew his acceptance of the offer and will step down from the position on the 14th of next month.

President Zuma and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe have also been ordered to pay the legal costs of the organisations that brought the case to court.


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