Corruption charges against ANC party leader Jacob Zuma are dismissed in a court hearing as politically motivated prosecutions.
Global Integrity’s International Director, Marianne Camerer, writes from Durban, South Africa: “I watched the whole judgment live on ETV. It was a victory for judicial independence and integrity — even if it had nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of Zuma.”
The Washington Post has coverage: South Africa’s Zuma is Victorious in Court
The Mail & Guardian weighs the implications for the ANC:
No word yet on ANC plan of action
…and for President Mbeki:
Mbeki fights for survival after Zuma showdown
The court system’s resilience in the face of political pressure is foreshadowed in Global Integrity’s generally positive 2006 assessment of judicial independence in South Africa and judicial accountability in South Africa.
— Jonathan Werve