‘It’s a ghost hunt’: magistrate soft on child rapists fights back
Suspended Koleka Bodlani responds after minister cites dodgy rulings and alleged racist and sexist comments
Umlazi magistrate Koleka Bodlani, who was suspended from office this week, had “tarnished the good name, dignity and esteem” of the magistrate’s office and her conduct was “embarrassing and tarnishes the image of the judiciary at large”, justice minister Ronald Lamola has told parliament.
But in a written response from her attorneys, the 59-year-old magistrate, who has 23 years’ experience on the bench, labels the action against her as a “ghost hunt” and claims she has done nothing wrong.
In a report, tabled late on Wednesday after publicly announcing her suspension, the minister says at this stage it was not the glaringly wrong sentences she imposed on child rapists that necessitated her immediate removal from office, but complaints about her conduct...