Zuma to improve working-relationship with judiciary

The Presidency says Zuma wants to reassert his own commitment to protecting the independence of the judiciary.

President Jacob Zuma.

JOHANNESBURG - The office of the president has said President Jacob Zuma wants to reassert his own commitment to protecting the independence of the judiciary, as he plans to meet with Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

On Wednesday, Mogoeng said he had been mandated by the heads of the country's courts to ask to meet with Zuma to discuss recent attacks on the judiciary by African National Congress (ANC)-aligned politicians.

The last few weeks have seen claims by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko that judges take bribes.

Mogoeng said he also wants to discuss what would happen if court orders are not obeyed by government.

The Presidency said Zuma will attend to this matter as soon as he gets back from Russia, but that he is committed to the role of the judiciary as the final arbiter of disputes in society.

It also said Zuma wants to improve the good working relationship between the two arms of state.

Meanwhile, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said he can't answer questions about whether the ANC wants its deployees in government to obey court orders.

He said he welcomes the meeting.

To read the full statement issued by the chief justice, _ click here_.