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Magistrate’s paid suspension ‘as lenient as her sentences for ...


Magistrate’s paid suspension ‘as lenient as her sentences for rapists’

A rapist father’s sentence was recently adjusted from five years to life imprisonment after it was sent on review


It’s been 15 months since an Umlazi magistrate has been sitting at home on a full salary for handing out “mercy” sentences to rapists.

Sexual offences court magistrate Kholeka Bodlani was provisionally suspended in July last year after several of her lenient sentences were overturned by KwaZulu-Natal judges.

While the Magistrates Commission said at the time that it had initiated disciplinary proceedings against her — and justice minister Roland Lamola told parliament she had  “tarnished the good name, dignity and esteem” of the magistrate’s office and her conduct was “embarrassing and tarnished the image of the judiciary at large” — it seems there has been little progress...

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