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5.2.2 South Africa: The Courts




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This article is from the South Africa FAQ, by Scott Hazelhurst scott@cs.wits.ac.za with numerous contributions by others.

5.2.2 South Africa: The Courts



Appellate Division of the Supreme Court

The Appellate Division does not deal with constitutional issues -
except for these issues it is the highest court in the land. The seat
of the AD is Bloemfontein.

* _Chief Justice: _Mr Justice Michael Corbett QC BA LLB (UCT and
Cantab) Hon LLD (UCT, Rhodes, UOFS)

The Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court is deals with all constitutional issues
including Acts of Parliament, executive decisions and legislation from
provincial legislatures. Provincial divisions of the Supreme Court
have some jurisdiction of provincial and executive matters - for these
the Constitutional Court has appellate jurisdiction. For all other
issues, the Constitutional Court has original and final jurisdiction.
The seat of the constitutional court is Johannesburg.

President: Arthur Chaskalson SC BCom LLB (Witwatersrand) HonLLD
(Witwatersrand &Cape Town)

Other members of the court: Mr Justice Richard Goldstone, Mr Justice
Ismail Mohamed (Deputy President), Mr Justice Laurie Ackermann and Mr
Justice Thole Madala (appointed under s99(3) of the constitution); Mr
Justice John Didcott, Mr Justice Johan Kriegler, Advocate Pius Langa,
Professor Yvonne Mkgoro, Professor Kate O'Regan, Professor Albie Sachs
(appointed under s99(4)).

Acting judge: Advocate Sydney Kentridge QC SC (while Mr Justice
Goldstone is seconded to the United Nations as prosecutor for the
International Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugolavia).

The Cabinet:

The National Cabinet (can be found as:
gopher://gopher.ru.ac.za/00/South%20African%20Politics/Bits%20and%20Pi
eces/Cabinet%20Appointments)

 

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