ANC Caucus statement on Judges racism row

20 October 2005

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus welcomes an agreement facilitated by Chief
Justice Pius Langa relating to the allegations of racism within the Cape
judicial system.

The ANC always had confidence in the judiciary's ability to competently
deal with this matter. We commend the parties for acting in the interest
of the unity of the judiciary and its effective functioning - free of
any undue hindrance.

The ability to seek mutual solutions to challenging and complex matters
through peaceful engagement indeed demonstrates maturity and eagerness
to advance the aspirations of our young democracy. Mindful of the
legacy of racism in our country and the imperatives of transformation,
this agreement should propel us to accelerate necessary change in all
spheres of society.

We have observed comments by some on the matter, which sought to preempt
fair solution to this matter by resorting to personal attacks on some
individuals involved. The comments made by both the Freedom Front Plus
and the IFP on the outcome of the judges' agreement suggest biasness and
should not be condoned.

Moloto Mothapo
Head of Media & Communications
ANC Parliamentary Caucus
Cape Town