oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Vonnisbespreking : rasionaliteit - die president se eie administratiefreg? 2012 12 BCLR 1261 (KH) : regte

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1995-5928



In this judgement the constitutional court invalidated the President's appointment of Mr Menzi Simelane as national director of public prosecutions because the President ignored certain relevant facts. This omission was not rationally related to the appointment of a fit and proper person as national director. The rational relationship requirement is based on the principle of legality which forms part of the rule of law as a constitutional value. Aspects of the rational relationship test discussed by the constitutional court are analysed. Under the guise of a rationality principle this court is developing a parallel administrative law system for actions by the President by simply incorporating the existing rules of administrative law. Parallel systems of this nature are unnecessary. The court uses a rationality principle to evade finding solutions for complicated problems relating to the interpretation and application of the constitutional right to administrative justice and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000.

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