Cabinet studying court judgment on Scorpions

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pretoria - Cabinet has noted and is currently studying a Constitutional Court judgment which found that part of the national legislation that created the Hawks and disbanded the Scorpions is constitutionally invalid.

"The judgement is being studied in order to fully appreciate its implications. An announcement will be made at an appropriate time in this regard," said Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi on Thursday, following an ordinary Cabinet meeting.

Earlier this month, the majority of the court found that Chapter 6A of the SAPS ACT 68 of 1(c) 95, as amended, was inconsistent with the Constitution and invalid to the extent that it failed to secure an adequate degree of independence for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, also known as the Hawks.

The Constitutional Court suspended the findings for 18 months to allow government to rectify the legislation.