President Jacob Zuma’s come home from a summit in Russia ready to talk to the Chief Justice regarding concerns about political interference in the judiciary.
His Education Minister has waded back into the controversy accusing the judiciary of overreaching by making rulings that interfere with the executive and the legislature.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s approaching President Jacob Zuma at the behest of 28 senior judges who’ve come under attack from top ANC officials.
This includes Education Minister Blaze Nzimande who says some judgers handpick cases to embarrass and endanger government.
Ombuswoman Thuli Madonsela says the controversy is giving South Africa the appearance of country where the rule of law is breaking down.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says Cabinet members and ANC office bearers should be allowed robustly to debate the workings of the courts.
Zuma has reiterated his commitment to the independence of the judiciary.
However he has yet to explain why visiting Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir was spirited out of the country in defiance of a high court ruling that he be detained pending an application from the International Criminal Court who want him for trial on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.