The official opposition’s legal challenge of the governing party’s cadre deployment and development policy kicked off in the Pretoria High Court on Monday.

Counsel for the Democratic Alliance (DA) has compared the African National Congress (ANC)’s cadre deployment and development policy to a “cancer”

The official opposition’s legal challenge of the governing party’s cadre deployment and development policy kicked off in the Pretoria High Court on Monday.

The DA wants the court to declare the policy unconstitutional and invalid.

It argued political parties shouldn’t be able to influence who gets appointed to public services and that the State and political parties are different entities.

During his opening address, Advocate Anton Katz for the DA was asked by Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba – who’s leading the full bench hearing the case – about potential challenges to the appointments of those who’ve already been placed in office under the policy.

Katz responded that while the appointments could potentially be challenged that’s not what the DA’s case is about.

Rather, he said, it’s about addressing the root issues.

Katz added that they’re in court to “chop down the fact that the ANC can think it can have any influence” on appointments.

He further said the “cancer” needs to be removed “so there can be a clean body going forward” and a distinction between party and State.

The case continues.

By: Bernadette Wicks

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