'Zuma doesn't take the Constitution of SA seriously'

An educational expert says despite Zuma’s apology he hasn't taken the ConCourt ruling seriously.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma during the debate on President Jacob Zuma's Annual Address to the National House of Traditional Leaders held at Tshwane Council Chambers in Pretoria on 7 April 2016. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Well-known educational expert Franklin Sonn says despite President Jacob Zuma's apology, he doesn't believe Zuma really takes the Constitutional Court ruling seriously.

Sonn was speaking alongside former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)'s Bellville campus last night.

While Sachs steered away from current controversies in politics, Sonn was outspoken.

Sonn criticised Zuma's recent comments that 'African problems should be solved in an African way'.

"I heard him saying that the courts aren't African; it reeks of not accepting the authority of the Constitutional Court and its judgments and that's worrisome."

Sonn says he's also concerned Public Protector Thuli Mandonsela's shoes will be too big to fill when her term comes to an end later this year.

"When her term comes to an end in September, a person might be selected who's not so all out to protect the Constitution."

Sonn lauded the Constitutional Court for reaffirming the powers of the Public Protector's office.