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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day – Editorial.]

In the past few days, Pietermaritzburg high court judge Dhayanithie Pillay has come under increasing fire from politicians angered by her issuing a warrant of arrest for former president Jacob Zuma.

Pillay ordered the arrest — which has been suspended until the next court hearing in the first week of May —  last week after Zuma failed to show up for a scheduled court hearing related to corruption charges over a multibillion-rand deal in the 1990s to buy European military equipment.

Zuma’s failure to make an appearance was blamed on ill-health, and his lawyers produced a doctor’s note to prove it, which was rightly scrutinised by Pillay as is standard practice with any evidence brought before a judge.

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