Security services protect top judges
Publish date: 17 July 2017
Issue Number: 734
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, his deputy Ray Zondo and the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal Mandisa Maya are being provided with security protection at state expense due to the potential risk posed by their jobs. According to an SABC News report, Justice Minister Michael Masutha revealed this in a written reply to a DA parliamentary question. According to him, the Ministerial Handbook allows for certain members of the judiciary as well as the National Director of Public Prosecutions and some of the support staff to make use of security services provided for by the state. Masutha said the rendering of the protection services to the relevant members of the judiciary is informed by the heightened threats, risks and vulnerability assessments that are inherent in their duties. However, the Minister said these services were not extended to their families.