Former United Nations Judge Navi Pillay has heaped praises on the Constitutional Court's judgment on the Nkandla debacle.
Pillay says it is a clear indication that South Africa has a strong independent judiciary.
She was honoured by the French government for her work and fight for human rights in Durban on Friday night. Judge Pillay was bestowed with the Legion of Honour - the highest Order from the French government.
She served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights between 2008 and 2014, was also a judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
France Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier says : "Pillay got this award Legion of Honour in a very high rank. So it's really a recognition of her work for the international justice system, human rights and women's rights."
"This is the highest honour of France and I truly appreciate that France have this honour, especially soon after the presidential meeting between President Hollande and our President Zuma," Pillay says.
On topical matters at home, Pillay welcomed the judgment handed down by the Constitutional Court on the Nkandla saga.
"I fully agree with the well-reasoned judgment of the chief justice and I myself being a fellow judge with huge experience felt very emotional when I heard his judgment delivered," says Pillay.
Pillay says the South African judiciary continues to lead by example in Africa and the rest of the world.
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