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Vol 49 No 19

Published 19th September 2008

South Africa

Politicians versus judges

Acting Judge Chris Nicholson’s bitterest swipe was his comparison of President Thabo Mbeki’s campaign to sideline rival Jacob Zuma to that of apartheid governments using legislation and state institutions to prosecute political opponents. ‘Many activists, fighting against the apartheid system, languished for many years behind bars as a result of prosecutions at the instance of the executive. It is of grave concern that this process has taken place in the new South Africa, given the ravages that it caused under the apartheid order.’

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