The judiciary and the constitution have found an unlikely defender: Cosatu. From describing the judiciary as a "threat to democracy" back in 2015 to now taking a decision to "make a stand in defence of the constitution and affirm its supremacy in the governing of this country", Cosatu has certainly come a long way.

Six years ago, the trade union federation launched full tilt into an attack on the judiciary — the kind of thing Jacob Zuma and Helen Zille now specialise in — accusing it of judicial overreach, failing to honour the separation of powers and undermining majority rule by protecting the apartheid privileges of minorities...

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