PPF calls for impeachment of judges involved in Zuma case

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Zodidi Mhlana

JOHANNESBURG – The Progressive Professionals Forum(PPF) is calling for the impeachment of three judges involved in the President Jacob Zuma relating to the appointment of Shaun Abrahams as NDPP.

The PPF said it would be writing to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) to request the impeachment of the three judges. In a statement released on Wednesday, the organisation cited the recent judgement regarding Shaun Abrahams as one of the contributing reasons for its decision.

The three judges that the group wants to be impeached are Gauteng Judge President Dustin Mlambo, Gauteng High Court Judge Willem Van Der Linde and Judge Natvarlal Ranchod.

Mlambo last week Friday ruled that the appointment of Shaun Abrahams as the National Director of Public Prosecutions was unlawful saying it should be set aside. Mlambo ruled that Zuma should not be allowed to appoint the NDPP as he was conflicted in the matter.

“In light of the judgment which confines itself to the President being conflicted because of allegations made in 2007, what makes the appointment of Shaun Abrahams different to that of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as they were both appointed by President Jacob Zuma?  The judgment is not only an egregious abuse of judicial power but a blatant subversion of the principle of trias political where the basic assumption of the separation of powers is subverted to clandestinely impeach the sitting President and impose Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as a de facto President,” said PPF spokesperson Phapano Phasha.

Phasha further said the organisation would continue to criticise what it called ‘irrational and politically motivated judgments.’

“We also believe that the judgement undermines the locus standing of the judicial services commission including the office of the Chief Justice of South Africa, Mogoeng Mogoeng, as it presupposes that their appointment was also irrational and therefore invalid as they were also appointed by a ‘conflicted’ President. The PPF stands by this statement and believe these justices are on dangerous grounds insofar as bringing a Constitutional crisis to bear where the ‘trias political’, separation of powers principle is being compromised at all levels but also inciting some form of civil disobedience to happen and this is the hallmarks of regime change as seen in other countries instigated by the judiciary,” said Phasha.