Accountability in the conduct of judges is certain, even when they’ve retired. This follows the Gauteng High Court’s dismissal of retired Judges Willie Seriti and Hendrick Musi’s bid to challenge
The Johannesburg High Court has dismissed an application that would have allowed retired judges facing complaints of misconduct not to be held accountable.
In 2020, Open Secrets and Shadow World Investigations laid a complaint with the Chief Justice to refer Judge Willie Seriti and Judge Hendrick Musi to the JSC. This was over their alleged failure to investigate the Arms Deal during the Seriti Commission. The complaint also asked the Chief Justice to consider whether their actions constituted criminal misconduct and, if so, to refer the matter to the NPA for further action. In 2021 Seriti and Musi brought an application to declare the definition of “Judge” in the Judicial Services Commission Act as unconstitutional. The act allows retired judges to be held accountable for their conduct while they were in active service. That application was dismissed in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg yesterday. Open Secrets lawyer Luthando Vilakazi weighs in.
Open Secrets and Shadow World Investigations welcomes the judgment delivered by the South Gauteng High Court which confirms that judges must be held accountable for their conduct while in active service, even after their retirement.
In an important victory for accountability and the integrity of the judiciary-The South Gauteng High Court has ruled that judges must be held accountable for their conduct while in active service, even after their retirement.
Judgment has been reserved in a legal battle between a pair of retired judges and two NGOs. Open Secrets and Shadow World Investigations are seeking a ruling that holds former judges accountable for misconduct during their time in office. Open Secrets Director Hennie van Vuuren spoke to eNCA
Open Secrets went to court yesterday to oppose the application of Judge Willie Seriti and Judge Hendrick Musi that seeks to give immunity to retired judges from accountability
Open Secrets and Shadow World Investigations will be heard by a full bench of the South Gauteng High Court arguing that retired judges should be held to account for misconduct they committed while in active service
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