"Sisulu’s attempt to sully the legitimacy of our constitutional order, and by extension the rule of law on which it is based, is a shameful exploitation of the genuine plight of so many in our country,” reads the statement.
“As a prominent member of government for a quarter of a century, Sisulu would have had a uniquely clear view, during the years of state capture, of the deliberate restructuring of the state to serve the interests of a subset of our political class at the expense of ordinary South Africans, especially the poor and vulnerable who daily suffer economic deprivation.”
Sisulu had argued for an overhaul of the justice system, which she said did not work for Africa and Africans.
The organisations said Sisulu knows, or should know, that it is not the judiciary which legislates and implements government policy, but parliament and the executive.
“To attempt to blame the judiciary for their failures is the most cynical exercise in blame-shifting. It bears noting that Sisulu’s article registers against a sinister cacophony of unwarranted attacks on the judiciary by political actors.
“These appear intended only to foreclose on the prospect of accountability for crimes, malfeasance and other wrongdoing associated with public office.
“Judges find it difficult to respond to scurrilous attacks such as that authored by Sisulu. The nature of their office typically demands that they maintain a dignified silence in the hope that decency and principled commitment to the values of the constitution will prevail.”