Row over top court job exposes bickering on the bench

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Row over top court job exposes bickering on the bench

Mentorship of a black woman was among the sticking points of the spat that ended in a magistrate being kicked out

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The head of the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court has been forced to vacate office after her colleague – who acted in the position for 12 years – successfully challenged her appointment.

The lawsuit has offered a glimpse into tensions among magistrates, including a fight over the mentorship of a black woman who was deemed not qualified enough to be recommended for another job.

At the centre of the controversy is Alaric Amos, who acted as head of the Stellenbosch court from 2005 to 2017. But he was overlooked for the permanent appointment, apparently because of several disagreements he had with the chief magistrate of Cape Town, Daniel Thulare...

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