ANC, SACP and Cosatu conclude 5 summits:Thursday 2 July 2015. The leaders of the ANC, SACP and Cosatu concluded their five summits in Pretoria(SABC) The negative judgements against government and the meddling of judiciary in the country's politics came under scrutiny at the summit of the tripartite alliance. Leaders of the ANC, SACP and Cosatu concluded their five summits in Pretoria, Wednesday night. The alliance also resolved to defend the unity of Cosatu, which has been under siege of factionalism. The alliance issued a stern warning to business leaders, using money to corrupt the movement. Some wealthy business people allegedly bribe ANC structures, to elect their proxies into positions.
A compulsory national youth service is under consideration to address youth unemployment “The summit resolved that these deviations must be dealt with firmly and without fear or favour. A compulsory national youth service is under consideration, to address youth unemployment. The role of media did not escape the wrath of the alliance partners. Malema to serve on Judicial Services Commission:Wednesday 25 June 2014. Economic Freedom Fighters, leader Julius Malema. (SABC) Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is to serve on the Judicial Services Commission (JSC). He is one of a number of MP's from various parties who have been elected by the National Assembly to sit on the JSC. Other MP's, including the EFF's Floyd Shivambu, have been elected to serve on the Pan African Parliament.
Three members from the African National Congress (ANC) Mathole Motshekga, Thoko Didiza and Dikeledi Magadzi as well as opposition party MPs Hendrik Smith from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Narend Singh from the Inkatha Freedom Party will also serve as members of the JSC. Those who will be representing Parliament at the Pan African Parliament are three ANC MPs and two from the DA and EFF. Pallo Jordan, Thandi Memela, Hunadi Mateme from the ANC as well as Shivambu and Sandy Kalyan from the DA will serve on the Pan African Parliament. All these members have been elected without any objections. Whites control judiciary: Malema:Tuesday 14 February 2012. Embattled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. (SABC) The judiciary is controlled by the white minority, embattled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema said at a closed session of the league's lekgotla. "I have lawyers who are representing me on this case the Hawks are chasing me on.
They are three white lawyers," Malema said on video footage seen by Sapa today. "Every time I sit in a meeting with them I get very irritated. This thing I'm doing is wrong, but there's nothing I can do because the judiciary is controlled by these white minorities," said Malema. He was addressing delegates at an ANCYL three-day lekgotla in Pretoria on Sunday. Last year, opposition political parties called on the SA Revenue Service to investigate his wealth, claiming it was out of proportion to his reported R25 000 monthly salary. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was reportedly also probing claims of irregular tenders awarded by the Limpopo government to a company linked to Malema.
Time to gatecrash the (ANC) party: Its politics :Tuesday 13 March 2012. The writer says the ANC has long ceased to speak to any concerns of the majority. (SABC) There is a very cynical, old apartheid era joke about English-speaking whites in South Africa to the effect that, "Most supported the Progs (Helen Suzman’s old Progressive Party); voted UP (the old United Party of De Villiers Graaf) … and thanked God for the Nats". Meaning that it was okay to be disgusted by the racism and repression, but hell those Afrikaners knew how to run the economy -- and they kept everything functioning nicely. With the exception of the everything functioning "nicely" part, one is reminded of mainstream responses to two recent events: Pravin Gordhan’s Budget, which received plaudits from everyone from the business media on one hand, to the SACP on the other, and Jeff Radebe’s judicial review that is seen by the same mainstream, as further proof that the ANC is attacking democracy.
This separation of "economics" and "politics" is a serious mistake. Why, the courts, of course. People with money can unduly affect the judiciary: Zuma:Saturday 10 January 2015. Zuma says the judiciary should represent all South Africans. (SABC) President Jacob Zuma says the transformation of the judiciary remains the ANC's priority. Zuma delivered the ANC's January 8 statement to a packed Cape Town stadium as the party celebrated 103 years of existence. Zuma has called on those in the judiciary to change their mindset. The President said, “We shall work continuously to ensure the judiciary represents all South Africans. The African National Congress (ANC) also wants the draft Land Expropriation Bill passed in 2015. Government has come under criticism for failing to expedite land redistribution with only three-million hectares restored.
A blistering Cape Town did little to deter thousands of ANC supporters from attending the celebrations. . “ We commit the land will be returned to our people and the ANC calls on its government to act with necessary speed to put the legislation in place this year to ensure that this happens. Chief Justice stresses significance of independent judiciary:Friday 11 October 2013. Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng addressing the North West University summer graduation ceremony. (SABC) Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says for the judiciary to function independently and competently, it should be well-resourced to stand independently with no parliamentary representation. Mogoeng was addressing the North West University summer graduation ceremony in Mahikeng on Friday. The university has honoured Mogoeng with an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy for his contribution to the transformation of South African and Southern African Development community's judicial systems.
Justice Mogoeng, who has also lectured law at this university, was appointed as chief justice in 2011. Chief Justice defended the integrity of the judiciary, saying it is not under threat On Thursday the Chief Justice defended the integrity of the judiciary saying it is not under threat. Black Lawyers criticise Mogoeng complaint:Thursday 8 August 2013. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng(SABC) A complaint calling for the impeachment of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is an attack on the transformation of the judiciary, the Black Lawyers' Association said on Thursday. "There are clearly well-orchestrated campaigns which are galvanised and aimed at bringing down the Constitution's clearly articulated imperatives," spokesperson Hlaleleni Kathleen Dlepu said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the Institute for Accountability said its director Paul Hoffman SC laid the complaint in response to a speech Mogoeng made to Advocates for Transformation last month. The complaint included allegations of contempt of court and attempting to defeat the ends of justice, which could be construed as gross misconduct. In his speech, Mogoeng questioned critics who complained when a white male candidate was not recommended for appointment to the Bench, while those who were appointed were described as "executive toys". Sapa. Zuma agrees to consult on Concourt appointments:Thursday 5 July 2012.
DA leader Helen Zille and President Jacob Zuma. (SABC) President Jacob Zuma has agreed to consult with leaders of opposition parties more meaningfully in the appointment of Constitutional Court judges, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said in a statement today. The office of the DA leader Helen Zille said two weeks ago they wrote to the President suggesting ways in which he should consult with leaders of opposition parties more meaningfully in the appointment of Constitutional Court judges. The statement said in the past, the President's consultation had been inadequate and they suggested specific ways in which the constitutionally required consultation process could be made more substantive. "Today, my office received a formal request for consultation on the candidates for the Constitutional Court vacancy.
Significantly, President Zuma seems to have conceded to three of the requests we made. Political parties react to Zuma court decision :Tuesday 20 March 2012. President Jacob Zuma. (SABC) Political parties in Parliament have had mixed reactions to the Supreme Court of Appeals' (SCA) judgment in favour of the Democratic Alliance (DA) to review the decision to drop the fraud and corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma. The SCA earlier today ruled that the High Court could now review the decision by then acting National Prosecuting Authority head Mokotedi Mpshe, before the 2009 elections. However, the court did not give the DA access to the evidence that President Jacob Zuma presented because it was done under privilege. Congress of the People (COPE) leader Mosioua Lekota has congratulated the DA for succeeding in its application. United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa says President Zuma, his family and the ANC need to brace themselves for an even bigger challenge.
It is good for democracy to have a judiciary that is independent.