Court to rule on Zuma appeal against providing records of his Cabinet reshuffle decision to DA
Ernest Mabuza | 2017-06-02 14:11:32.0
President Jacob Zuma addresses the National Assembly during the debate post his presidential budget on June 01, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. Zuma denied suggestions by the DA that South Africa ran the risk of becoming a failed state because of his management of the country and the economy.
Image by: Gallo Images / Beeld / Jaco Marais
The high court in Johannesburg will‚ on Friday afternoon‚ pass judgment on whether President Jacob Zuma can appeal an order forcing him to give a record of documents he used to reshuffle his Cabinet.
Zuma wants to appeal against the order‚ made by Judge Basheer Vally last month‚ to provide to the Democratic Alliance the record of all documents that relate to his decision.
The court had also ordered that Zuma provide the DA’s attorneys with the reasons for changes to the Cabinet‚ which saw the removal of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
The president argues that Rule 53 of the Uniform Rules of the Court do not permit the review of an executive decision.
Rule 53 provides that the person who seeks to review a decision must be provided with all records that were used for a decision.
Zuma’s counsel‚ Ishmael Semenya SC‚ said last month’s order had amended the rule to include the provision of the record even for an executive decision.
“That is judicial overreach by the court‚” Semenya said.
Counsel for the DA‚ Steven Budlender‚ questioned whether the interim order could be appealed.