South Africa 28.11.2013 12:11 pm

President Zuma can confer silk status – court

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Kopano Tlape/GCIS

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Kopano Tlape/GCIS

The South African President can confer silk on advocates, the Constitutional Court found on Thursday.

It held that the president’s power to confer honours included the authority to confer C on advocates.

The court dismissed an appeal by Devi Mansingh, a practising attorney, who challenged a section of the Constitution related to the president’s authority.

She contended that the section on the authority of the President did not include to confer the status of senior counsel — also known as silk –on advocates.

– Sapa

 

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