7 July 2011
"FIRE CHIEF JUSTICE", SAY SWAZI LAWYERS
The Law Society of Swaziland took a rare but very bold step yesterday by calling upon the Judicial Service Commission to remove the Chief Justice, Michael Ramodibedi, for his involvement in the continuous breakdown of the administration of Justice in the country.
According to the Times of Swaziland, the law society held a meeting yesterday at Mountain Inn, a hotel in Mbabane, where they had many issues to discuss and debate. This is where they took the resolution to seek the removal of the Chief Justice.
Another key resolution taken at that meeting was that lawyers would boycott all courts in the country on Friday (8 July 2011), as a way of protesting against the administrative failure of the Chief Justice.
While the king and his henchman,[Swaziland Prime Minister] Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, are notorious for their disregard of the judicial system, never in the history of the land post independence has a Chief Justice colluded with the administrative arm of government in such an open and brash manner? This is why the lawyers are so livid.
The call for the removal of the Chief Justice was endorsed by civic societies in a press statement issued by the centre for Human Rights. The Swaziland Solidarity Network also adds its voice to that chorus. The Chief Justice is failing his profession and is a disgrace to it. He must go home. Iya ko gae, Ntate!
Issued by the Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN]
LAWYERS WANT SWAZI CJ SUSPENDED