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PEARLIE JOUBERT | CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - Apr 18 2009
A deep sense of unease is brewing in the legal fraternity and beyond after ANC president Jacob Zuma's comment last week that the Constitutional Court's authority needs to be "looked at" and that its judges "are almost like God".
The Mail & Guardian understands that a letter was circulated among judges in the Constitutional Court -- the highest in the land -- urging them not to respond to Zuma's utterances, and that they unanimously agreed to this.
Zuma had been quoted saying: "If I sit here and I look at the chief justice of the Constitutional Court, that is the ultimate authority. I think we need to look at it, because I don't think we should have people who are almost like God in a democracy. Why? Are they not human beings?