KZN judges told to keep working

2012-12-18 10:28

Durban - Judges in KwaZulu-Natal have been told by their judge president to use their holidays to complete outstanding judgments, The Star reported on Tuesday.

"I am writing to the judges today to remind them that they must fulfil this constitutional imperative," KZN Judge President Chiman Patel said.

His instructions come after it came to light that one judge had taken three years to hand down a judgment.

"Anything more than two recesses - which is about seven months - is unacceptable. I urge them to use their holiday time to catch up."

Last month, Judge Anton van Zyl rescinded the default judgment in a matter that he had heard in September 2009.

The case involved a Mariannhill couple who fell into arrears with bond payments and who - despite paying an amount back to the bank - lost their house when the bank auctioned it off.

Van Zyl has now ordered that the issue of the auctioning off of the house be taken to trial - a legal move which could see the case carry on even further into the future.

  • eddy.deepfield - 2012-12-18 10:37

    Typical government employees. Useless fire the lot of them!

      linds.ronhouse - 2012-12-18 11:31

      Don't be silly now Eddy. There are many exceptional civil servants out there, who work their butt off to make our nation a glorious one. Secondly, even the president cannot fire a judge. It is very difficult to fire a judge in South Africa. Lastly, the Judiciary is independent of Government.

  • pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-12-18 11:01

    The government cannot be held responsible for all pillars of society. Everybody should do their part or be held accountable, but especially in certain parts of the legal environment hangs some cerious question marks on the commitment to the new South Africa. One aspect that I find even criminal is the length of some “trial awaiting detainees”. Many have been detained for 2 years and longer without a fair trail, and there are cases of up to 6 six years and more detained in jail just awaiting trial. It is absolutely unexceptable, but nobody seems to do much about it.

  • Erna - 2012-12-18 11:01

    Should happen all over SA.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-12-18 11:07

    This actually highlights a large problem with our legal system. There is no way for a judge's cases to be reviewed, except with the appeal process, which costs the individuals money. So, essentially, we are not able to see which judges are ineffective, making bad judgements or taking bribes to swing their verdicts. Start at the Randburg commercial courts. big hint...

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-18 11:50

    just imagine if every single civil servant wasn't allowed to go home until job done - 1 of 3 things would happen, massive overtime bill, strike or actual productivity. so much money has been spent on salaries, for idiots, that there's no money left for the actual work this I mean light bulbs, tar to fix the potholes etc. SA has cANCer

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