The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, late yesterday ordered President Cyril Ramaphosa to hold the interviews in an open venue and that the media be allowed to attend.
This groundbreaking and precedent-setting ruling for transparency came on the eve of Ramaphosa’s proposed interviewing process, due to start today and expected to end on Friday. Counsel acting for the president, however, said the venue was too small and the interviews had been put on hold until a new venue was found.
Ramaphosa indicated earlier this month that he and a panel of seven members of the criminal justice system would conduct the interviews of the 12 candidates behind closed doors.
The Right2Know (R2K) Campaign turned to the court to obtain an urgent order to allow the media access to the proceedings.