Saturday, August 22, 2009

President reassures opposition parties

By Khanyisa Tabata
22 August 2009


President Jacob Zuma has reassured opposition parties that he hasn’t appointed a new Chief Justice.

This is after opposition parties wrote an open letter to the president asking him to reconsider his choice.

Last week President Zuma met with Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Athol Trollip.

During the meeting President Zuma confirmed that they did discuss the Presidents announcement that he has nominated Sandile Ngcobo as Chief Justice in the Constitutional Court.

The announcement led to the opposition parties criticising the nomination of Ngcobo saying the process was unconstitutional.

Since then, they have failed to meet a deadline to nominate other candidates for the highest judicial post in the country.

He explained to Trollip in their discussion and said that he was still applying his mind and will consider input from the Opposition parties.

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