Judges Matter has criticized Julius Malema’s statements on East London Magistrate Twanet Olivier last week, calling her corrupt and inept.
He labeled Malema’s words “an attack on the judiciary, a threat to judicial independence, and almost certainly a violation of the Constitution”.
Olivier is presiding over Malema’s illegal discharge of a firearm case, in which he’s accused of discharging his bodyguard Adriaan Snyman’s semi-automatic gun on stage at the EFF’s fifth birthday festivities.
Malema labeled Olivier “incompetent” and her ruling “a sponsored judgment” after she denied his discharge application last Thursday. He did not prove his assertions.
Judges Matter researcher Mbekezeli Benjamin believes judicial ethics prevent officers from fighting these abuses.
Thus, Judges Matter firmly defends judicial independence. Mr Malema’s words will send a worrying message to other judges that they shouldn’t judge prominent persons with enormous audiences if left undisturbed. We demand that Mr. Malema retract and apologize for his offensive remarks.”