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DA to consult on ConCourt candidates

Jacob Zuma agrees to properly consult the DA on appointments planned for the Constitutional Court.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has acceded to the Democratic Alliance's request to be allowed to make meaningful consultations on who should be appointed to the vacancy on the Constitutional Court, the opposition said on Wednesday.

Four judges were interviewed in June for the post vacated by former Chief Justice Sandile Ncgobo.

DA leader Helen Zille believes this marks a change from when the president simply said he was planning to appoint his selected candidate.

Zille reiterated that the president's decision to consult the party on who should be appointed to the Constitutional Court marks a change in how he has dealt with similar issues previously.

In June, Zille wrote to Zuma, asking to be allowed to make full representations on which one of the four judges interviewed for the post should be appointed.

She says he has now replied to her.

"President Zuma has given us a chance now and given us two weeks to comment on the full shortlist.

"I am pleased that he has shifted."

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