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Judges Strike Back

Yesterday judges united against claims that their rulings were influenced - in solidarity with Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

The Law Society of South Africa, the Black Lawyers Association (BLA) and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel) came in support of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and the heads of the country’s courts - saying that some of the recent criticism of the judiciary is unacceptable.

This comes after ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande and police minister Nathi Nhleko all strongly criticised the judiciary after a court ruled Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir should be arrested.

Stephen Grootes played Chief Justice's address at the meeting with the judiciary yesterday. Listen to the audio below:

Gwede Mantashe spoke to Stephen Grootes this afternoon, welcoming the imminent meeting with the Chief Justice and President Zuma - to iron out the reasons behind the criticism of judiciary by government.

Lex Mpati, President of the Supreme Court of Appeal spoke to John Robbie this morning, saying that in his 19 years, his rulings have never been questioned before. He confirms that Chief Justice will take up criticism of the judiciary with President Zuma.

Listen to the conversation below:

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