Judges must practice what they preach: SACP

2012-01-31 19:52

Cape Town - Judges must practice what they preach about transparency by declaring their financial interests, the SA Communist Party (SACP) said on Tuesday.

"We are strongly of the view that judges, and other judicial officers, are not only public figures, but perform an important public function," spokesperson Malesela Maleka said.

"The SACP wishes to reiterate that no one, and absolutely no one [including the judiciary], is above society and all its influences and temptations."

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe's judicial reforms could require that judges disclose their assets and business interests, and those of their families.

In Parliament on Thursday, Judge President of the Gauteng division of the High Court Bernard Ngoepe, and Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Robert Nugent said over 200 judges were opposed the draft regulations.

The judges said there was no evidence to support the introduction of the regulations as there had only been one sitting judge found to have carried out questionable financial practices.

Maleka said the "absurd, liberal notion of the existence of some angelic missionaries in society", like the judiciary and media, could only serve to hide corruption and defeat democracy.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-31 20:00

    Yep agree with SACP on this 1, from Radebe all the way down, that way we know what sort of justice system is in place in SA.

  • Clive - 2012-01-31 20:15

    They must actually PRACTISE what they preach.

  • Godfrey - 2012-01-31 20:23

    Wow! Never believed I would find my self agreeing with the communist party. But I certainly do on this one. And why is Hlope guy still around?

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-01-31 20:59

    what happened to the drunk one last time he wanted to come back,me think he is playing for time to retire with a fat pension what a disgrace .Hlope even has that crooked look about him slippery one that one

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-31 21:12

    More talk no action.

  • Cracker - 2012-01-31 21:16

    Transparency in society must surely extend beyond judicial officers' financial interests. Of equal importance is the honesty of the holders of office and senior personnel in ALL public organisations like for example trade unions and the various political parties. Consistency called for. Note: ALL senior personnel or is it unfair to ask for it?

  • Cracker - 2012-01-31 21:20

    But in case we overlook some very BIG lie in the reported SACP comment. I do not recall that the judges or judicial officers in this country called for or preached for transparency. Another lie to add to the SACP's warehouse of cr.p.

      Cracker - 2012-01-31 21:22

      They should be required to declare their financial interests but not on the spurious ground the SACP tries to use to discredit them. They did NOT make the transparency demand.

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