Zuma & Chief Justice meeting set for today

The two will meet today in Pretoria to discuss the relationship between government and the courts.

FILE: Zuma and the Chief Justice are meeting today in Pretoria to discuss the relationship between government and the courts after the Omar al-Bashir debacle. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng are meeting today in Pretoria to discuss the relationship between government and the courts after the Omar al-Bashir debacle.

The Sudanese leader was allowed to leave the country even after the North Gauteng High Court ruled he must be kept here.

That led to several attacks from politicians on judges with claims that they were trying to subvert democracy.

There was no hiding Mogoeng's frustration six weeks ago when he first said he was mandated by the heads of the country's courts to ask for today's meeting with Zuma.

"Criticism of that kind has the potential to delegitimise the courts. Courts serve a public purpose and should not be undermined," he said.

But tempers appear to have cooled since then.

African National Congress figures have since not launched anymore claims about judges.

The presidency said it will be Zuma who chairs this meeting.

It also said it should underscore the rule of law as a fundamental tenet of the country's Constitutional order.