Zuma calls for awareness of ‘key judicial concepts’

South Africans need to be made more aware of aspects of the law and justice to appreciate democracy, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

He was speaking at the funeral of KwaZulu-Natal Chief Justice Herbert Msimang, at Hilton College near Pietermaritzburg.

“We need to raise awareness about key judicial concepts, about people being innocent until found guilty, the need to listen to both sides of a dispute and the right to appeal,” he said.

Delivering the eulogy, Zuma referred to the impact of rumour and trial by media.

He also called on the media to “extend knowledge about our judicial system far and wide”.

Zuma and other speakers praised Msimang for his efforts to give ordinary people greater access to the judiciary, and his work on transformation.

Zuma also acknowledged Msimang’s innovation towards ridding the courts of backlogs.

The late judge threw out Zuma’s corruption case in 2006, saying the state’s case “went from one disaster to another” and had failed to follow proper guidelines.

Also in attendance were Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, his predecessor Pius Langa, Msimang’s predecessor, Vuka Tshabalala, Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille. – Sapa

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Duncan Guy
I write jokes, play hockey, raise my son & cast tv shows. Boston guy surviving Los Angeles. I love comedy, hockey, politics, UFC & all the guac. Duncan Guy has over 1990 followers on Twitter.

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

Shell v Wild Coast: Science, research and erring on the...

Court applicants have argued that the company should be required to conduct an environmental impact assessment, based on the best available science, which has advanced considerably since Shell’s permit to conduct seismic surveys was granted

How spies shape South Africa’s political path

From Mbeki to Zuma to Ramaphosa, the facts and fictions of the intelligence networks have shadowed political players and settled power struggles

I’m just a lawyer going to court, says attorney on...

The Mthatha attorney is angered by a tweet alleging he sways the high court and the Judicial Services Commission

Death of Zimbabwe’s funeral business

Burial societies and companies have collapsed and people can no longer afford decent burials for their family members

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…