ISSUED BY MR J MASEKA MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR JUSTICE
"work to rule" action by Magistrates embarked upon yesterday puts the
spotlight once again on the inefficiencies of the Justice Department in dealing
with the grievances of its personnel.
The widespread support of approximately 1 600 magistrates highlights their low
salaries and exclusion from decision-making. With an already crippling backlog,
this "work to rule" action threatens to grind to a halt the already
stumbling Justice System.
The question of the judicial independence of the lower courts is once again
highlighted. The UDM calls upon the Minister of Justice to urgently implement
plans to create a constructive environment conducive to the proper
administration of justice.
Jakes Maseka, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Justice
082 821 6290
21 June 2001