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Zuma Says South African Courts Cannot Change Government Policies

July 08, 2011

July 8 (Bloomberg) -- South African President Jacob Zuma warned the country’s judiciary not to involve itself in policy determination, saying this was the sole preserve of the government.

“Once government has decided on the appropriate policies, the judiciary cannot, when striking down legislation or parts thereof on the basis of illegality, raise that as an opportunity to change the policies as determined” by the government, Zuma said in a speech in Johannesburg today. “In as much as we seek to respect the powers and role conferred by our Constitution on the legislature and the judiciary, we expect the same from these very important institutions.”

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