High Court Judge finds President's decision is subject to review

Judge Bashir Vally has now handed down his reasons for ruling that President Jacob Zzuma must provide the record of decision that led to his Cabinet reshuffle.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) approached the High Court in Pretoria to ask for the record of Zuma's decision as well as the intelligence report Zuma reportedly relied upon to sack former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.

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EWN reporter, Gia Nicolaides, says Vally explained that the DA used Rule 53 to show that the President's decision can be reviewed.

He said the rule was established at a time when executive decisions were not subject to review, but now that South Africa has the new Constitution, the President's decisions are also subject to review.

Vally also said Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle was met with public outcry and shock.

It's not so much that he says there had to have been public records, but says the DA is entitled to see it if it's there based on the interpretation and provisions of Rule 53.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

At the same time, he also says that Zuma's lawyers conceded that executive's decisions can be reviewed based on irrationality.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

Listen to Gia Nicolaides below for more details...


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