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Chief Justice throws the book at senior lawyer

Publish date: 16 April 2018
Issue Number: 769
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Swaziland

Swaziland’s Chief Justice Bheki Maphalala has jailed senior lawyer Siboniso Dlamini for 30 days and barred him from entering any court building in the kingdom until he complied with a court order to settle a debt. The Times of Swaziland reports that the extraordinary showdown occurred after Dlamini, who was representing a client in an unrelated case, appeared before Maphalala in an Mbabane court. Widower Phindile Ndzinisa last year sued Dlamini for allegedly squandering $71 000 of her late husband’s estate. Dlamini, who is a former Master of the High Court, is the executor of the estate. Maphalala warned Dlamini that he must comply with the court ruling directing him to pay $661 a month to Ndzinisa.

Full Times of Swaziland report