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26 September 2017 00:18 (South Africa)
Politics

It’s official - Sandile Ncobo will take over from Chief Justice Pius Langa as head of the Constitutional Court

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Looking back is becoming a hallmark of the Jacob Zuma way of looking forward – and nominating Judge Sandile Ncobo for the highest bench in the land yesterday was no exception, he did add a promise of his own: “This government will not infringe on judicial independence.” 

All rather predictable, though tinged with irony given Zuma’s own history in courts. In response to questions, Zuma made it clearly he is treading more carefully on issues of consultation nowadays. Ncobo himself wasn’t much more forthcoming. When asked directly how he would try to heal the rifts in the judiciary, he hedged that he wasn’t going to speak off the cuff as he didn’t think that was appropriate for a judge. Zuma sprang a slight surprise praising Deputy Chief Justice Digkang Moseneke for consistency in upholding “the fight for freedom”.

But it was Chief Justice Pius Langa who banged the most optimistic gavel.  “In the last few days of my watch the signs have been forthcoming that we are achieving a unity after turbulent times”.  Clearly something’s actually happened in the last couple of weeks to enable him walk off into the sunset, confident in a safe future for his grandchildren.

Farewell, your honour, we’ll miss you.

By Stephen Grootes

(Grootes is EWN reporter, www.ewn.co.za)

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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