Courts have done well despite attacks, says Zondo

Courts have done well despite attacks, says Zondo

Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo believes the South African courts have done all they can to protect the country’s constitutional democracy.

Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo 14 dec
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This despite continuous attacks on the judiciary and judges.


Zondo presented the judiciary’s latest annual report on Tuesday.


The report shows that for the period of April 2020 and March 2021, eight out of eleven courts managed to achieve their performance targets.


Zondo said even though many divisions failed to reduce the backlog of criminal trials, courts continued to perform their duties as guardians of the country’s constitution. 


“I believe that over the past 25 years our courts have done very well in the performance of their role as the guardians of the constitution.


“This has sometimes attracted serious attacks against the Judiciary. Over the past 25 years, there have been storms that the judiciary has gone through but it has managed to continue to play its role to protect and uphold the constitution and the rights contained in the Bill of Rights.


“We do not know for certain how the next 25 years will be but there is one thing we know. It is that the courts and the judiciary must continue to protect our constitutional democracy for the next 25 years and beyond.”


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