ANC refuses to acknowledge authority of the judiciary

James Masango MPL

Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition

Note: The following member’s statement was delivered by James Masango to the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature on 9 April 2013.

Mpumalanga’s government under the stewardship of the ANC continues to refuse to acknowledge the authority of the courts and the separation of powers. According to a Lowvelder report on 29 March, Mr Irwin Mabuza of Kamabuza Investment claims that the Department of Health and Social Development refuses to pay him for services, apparently because the money in question (which was removed from his account) was returned to treasury.

This is the second instance where a government department refuses to adhere to a valid court order and uses intentional delaying tactics to avoid paying claims against it. The ANC as custodians of the Constitution must remember that our democracy has a clear separation of powers between the executive, the legislative and the judiciary, specifically introduced to prevent the abuse of power. The DA will continue to remind the ANC of that responsibility as long as it refuses to acknowledge it.

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