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Malema attacks 'traumatised old' judges

Publish date: 12 August 2019
Issue Number: 836
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa

Last week’s defeat in the Gauteng High Court for both the Public Protector and the EFF has brought an astonishing reaction from EFF leader Julius Malema, who used Women’s Day on Friday to attack the current crop of judges, notes Legalbrief. He called for education to be free so young girls can become confident judges who stand up to those in power. ‘Education must be free of charge so a girl child can be educated and become a confident judge tomorrow so we get rid of incompetent judges who are threatened by politicians that appear before them.’ He said the current stock of judges were ‘traumatised old people’, notes News24. ‘We want women judges that are not scared of male politicians and that are not threatened by male white Afrikaner lawyers before them. We want the judges that are going to say the judiciary must be independent and not be influenced by who is the President.’ Malema said if judges didn't do their jobs properly, he would take up arms. ‘If judges judge according to who appears before them, they must know we will be left with no options but to take up arms because there is no neutrality in SA. The judges can save democracy of SA by not being biased. A bias judiciary (sic) will force us into the bush, and we don't want to go into the bush.’

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