Judge President: peers recall a hard-working problem solver

2011-04-15 00:00

THE late KZN Judge President Herbert Msimang was hailed as an efficient and hard-working judge at a memorial service held at the Royal Showgrounds yesterday.

Among the high-profile mourners were Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane and the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Brigalia Bam.

Msimang’s death was described as a great loss to the legal fraternity, and to the community to whom he strove to deliver an efficient judicial service.

Former KZN judge president Vuka Tshabalala told the mourners that when he recommended Msimang to the IEC, he knew they would be impressed as he knew him to be a hard worker.

Simelane said Msimang was a man who tackled problems head-on.

“When I was still the director [of the Justice Department] he would call and say, ‘so you are in charge’. Every time he said that I knew that he wanted something put right, and urgently so. At times I would explain to him that this cannot be done because of these reasons and we would sit together and come up with a better way.”

Bam said Msimang’s death was a great loss to the IEC ahead of the elections. “He was a hard-working man and we sent him to cover election processes all over the world, and when he came back he always brought insightful information.”

She said his death left a huge void within the organisation, which relied on his expertise to deal with any electoral litigation that would arise.

President Jacob Zuma will be among dignitaries attending the judge’s official funeral at Hilton College tomorrow.

Family members said the service will begin at 9 am at Hilton College. Msimang will be laid to rest at a cemetery in Edendale

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