Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

ANC accuses judiciary of 'policing political decisions'

ANC accuses judiciary of 'policing political decisions'

The DA filed an urgent application with the court in Pretoria on April 24, to force Zuma to disclose his reasons for reshuffling his Cabinet on March 30. He was also reportedly opposed to the government's excessive spending, angering Zuma and his allies.

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Friday voiced concern over a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court that President Jacob Zuma must provide reasons for the recent cabinet reshuffle.

The ANC said in a statement that the appointment of ministers and deputies, as well as reshuffling of the cabinet, was "a discretionary and political decision of the president".

South Africa's parliament will soon debate a new no-confidence motion against Zuma.

The president defended his actions saying he was exercising his prerogative to hire and fire ministers in terms of section 91 (2) of the Constitution which also protects from giving reasons for his actions.

"To read into the Constitution that the president must explain himself on the composition of the national executive to the opposition‚ is to use the judiciary to police political decisions and sets a very worrisome precedent‚" Kodwa said.

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But the courts would not be able to properly consider an upcoming application by the DA to review the firings without records, the party's advocate Steven Budlender said, relying heavily on the precedent set in the spy tapes matter.

The reshuffle prompted global rating agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch to downgrade South Africa's sovereign credit to junk status in April.

The High Court in Pretoria yesterday ruled that Zuma must hand over the record of his decision to the Democratic Alliance within five working days.

Mr Zuma has not mentioned the report publicly, but rather said his reshuffle was about promoting a younger generation of leaders.

Vally said Zuma must give "the record of all documents and electronic records...that relate to the making of the decisions".

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