Judging our judges is dangerous, and an attack on SA’s democracy

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Judging our judges is dangerous, and an attack on SA’s democracy

Attacks on the judiciary, such as the recent one by Panyaza Lesufi, need to be censured

Editor: Vrye Weekblad

The credibility of and public respect for the judiciary are as important as its independence and functionality. That is why the trend of political figures attacking the integrity of judges and magistrates is so dangerous to our democracy.

It has now become almost commonplace to insult a court or a judge, or level accusations of political or racial prejudice when one doesn’t agree with a verdict.

The latest example of this undermining of the legitimacy of the judiciary is the attack on the Supreme Court of Appeals by Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for education and a senior and influential ANC politician...

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