The president wields too much power
President Jacob Zuma and the soon-to-be-retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke — PICTURE: TEBOGO LETSIE Much of the glowing talk about our constitutional architecture relates to fundamental rights and freedoms. And yet the manner in which public power is allocated within it is not always optimal for advancing our democratic project.I suggest that in the next two decades we may have to revisit the dispersal of public power. Because of time and space I will limit the discussion to the national executive.Of course amending executive power may be a difficult task that calls for an amendment.Much as the constitution is premised on principles of co-operative government binding the national, provincial and local spheres of government, an careful examination of the powers of the national executive in chapter 5 of the constitution and in other legislation displays a remarkable concentration of the president’s powers of appointment.In a few instances the president exercises these power...
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