The Russian used to call "Mir" (yes, also the name of their space craft) which means in Russian "Peace". The Western media thought it was a fantastic name, I mean: how can anyone be against Peace? Only a few knew that what they meant was "Peace in the communist sense" as only then, as the communist said, you can have real peace. So it was not how we, the Westerner, perceived peace like "peaceful coexistence of different groups", but the Communist.
Welcome to the world of spin, double speak, ducking and diving and denial resulting in government led and parliament approved "justice" (I mean: who can be against "justice"?), and eventually control of TV and newspapers. All in the name of
Especially Zuma has some unfinished business with the Judiciary.
Judicial reform in interest of
THE transformation of the judiciary needs to go beyond achieving a racial and gender balance to include the appointment of judges committed to the new democratic order, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.
The new administration faces intense opposition suspicion about its intentions over the transformation of the judiciary.
Zuma said at a conference for judges in Pretoria yesterday the reform was about the poor accessing quality justice in a timely manner. He emphasised that judicial transformation was in the interests of SA as it was constitutionally sanctioned.
His comments came as the judiciary prepares to nominate four new candidates to fill the seats of retiring Constitutional Court judges, including Chief Justice Pius Langa. Also due to leave the bench are Albie Sachs, Yvonne Mokgoro and Kate O’Regan.
The four judges were the last of the original 1995 Constitutional Court bench. Nominations for their replacements officially begins in the next two months after which Zuma will announce the appointments.
Last month Justice Minister Jeff Radebe halted interviews for candidates to serve on the Judicial Service Commission, citing concerns over a lack of transformation in the judiciary.
Zuma said in overturning the apartheid system, all state institutions also needed to be transformed to make them accessible to all.
Judicial reform entailed addressing issues of language, procedures, as well as finding ways of helping with prohibitive lawyers’ fees. “It must include physical access to courts, and the provision of some form of legal aid to ensure that a lack of financial resources does not hamper access to the justice system,” Zuma said.
The fact that the legal profession was divided into attorneys and advocates meant that the public had to spend more money on getting a dispute resolved. However, transformation needed to be undertaken without jeopardising judicial independence. “As the executive we respect without reservation the principle of judicial independence and the rule of law.”
However, two months ago Zuma raised the ire of the legal fraternity when he declared that the “Constitutional Court is not God”.