The Times of Swaziland newspaper is being threatened with a contempt of court action for publishing reports about Swazi Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi.
The Times received orders from the Swazi High Court on Wednesday (13 July 2011) barring it from reporting that the Law Society of Swaziland wanted Ramodibedi sacked immediately. The Law Society listed transgressions that lawyers believed he had made.
The Times went ahead and published.
The High Court order follows an application from the Judicial Services Commission, which is chaired by Chief Justice Ramodibedi.
Now, Majahenkhaba Dlamini, the Attorney General, has written to the newspaper group to threaten it with contempt of court proceedings. A letter to the newspaper group says it should ‘desist from any further violation of the said court orders’ and if it doesn’t, ‘matters [will be] taken forward to their logical conclusion’.
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