OF POWERS IMPERATIVE
ISSUED BY MS A VAN WYK, MP
UDM CAUCUS LIAISON OFFICER
UDM welcomes the judgement handed by Justice Brian Southwood in the Pretoria
High Court yesterday regarding the Law on Magistrate Courts and the Law on
Magistrates, in which the honourable judge declared the powers exercised by the
Minister of Justice in terms of these laws are unconstitutional.
The UDM concurs with the judgement in that it highlights the imperative
importance of separation of powers that are pivotal to a successful democracy.
This is also the third such defeat that the Minister has been dealt; following
his spate of political muscle flexing over the legal fraternity. The power
thirst of the Minister is a reflection of the ongoing attempts of the ANC
government to interfere with the cogs of successful democracy thereby
undermining the processes of growth and maturity of our country.
The UDM calls on the Constitutional Court to confirm the High Courts decision
and thus force political powers to act in accordance with the law and
A Van Wyk, MP
UDM Caucus Liaison Officer
6 June 2001