Till an investigation and report, commissioned by the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Companies, into an alleged assassination plot to kill Western Cape Deputy Decide President Patricia Goliath surfaced within the media on four September 2020, little or nothing had been completed about it.
What we all know and what ought to occur now?
Let’s start with Deputy Decide President John Hlophe’s response by way of his lawyer Barnabas Xulu on 11 September 2020 judicial fee of inquiry be established to resolve a matter which now threatens the independence and authority of the judiciary.
If such a fee had been to be arrange it is important that the DPCI and the Hawks type a part of this. It is because a member of the DPCI in Cape City has been implicated within the JICS report as having made the request on behalf of Hlophe.
It is a severe allegation, implicating regulation enforcement businesses, which possess monumental powers of entry and investigation.
It will serve the pursuits of justice additionally for Decide President Hlophe to face down whereas the matter is excavated in public hearings, ought to these happen.
What we additionally know is that little or nothing was completed after the JICS report had been forwarded, as Inspecting Decide Edwin Cameron has confirmed, to a “very restricted variety of individuals” with the remark that the allegations warranted additional investigation.
Each day Maverick has reliably discovered that no investigation into the matter had been registered by both the SAPS or the DPCI a full two months after the issuance of the JICS report.
We all know that Goliath was tipped off about an alleged plot to assassinate her after a whistleblower in a Pietermaritzburg facility claimed that in Could 2020 he had overheard a name from an alleged hitman to a different cellmate.
The cellmate was identified in the JICS report as ex-policeman, Sibonelo Myeza, arrested in 2018 in reference to the assassination of ANCYL secretary-general and later Umzimkhulu councillor, Sindiso Magaqa in 2017.
Hlophe by way of Xulu has labelled the JICS report as “deeply flawed and malicious, and missing in authenticity and professionalism”.
Decide Cameron then again has acknowledged that he dispatched “two straight-as-arrow senior members of my government down and I belief their integrity and their good sense and their good judgement as nicely”.
The whistleblower contacted the Judicial Companies Fee chatting with a receptionist after which later to spokesperson Sello Chiloane.
Goliath has confirmed that she was contacted by members of the Grahamstown Bar, after the whistleblower had known as their places of work. That decision, stated Goliath, had been relayed to a Decide on the Grahamstown Excessive Courtroom.
Goliath had then contacted the JSC which had instantly offered further safety.
In line with Xulu, who named the whistleblower in his public assertion, thus probably endangering his life, the JSC had despatched its personal officers to the correctional facility.
These officers had returned, stated Xulu, with the opinion that they disbelieved the whistleblower and that his claims shouldn’t be entertained any additional, a declare that Each day Maverick couldn’t independently verify. Actually, The Workplace of the Chief Justice has but to reply to any of Each day Mavericks’ queries in relation to the JICS report or every other report.
The JSC and the Workplace of the Chief Justice have remained silent all through the matter and haven’t responded to questions despatched by the Each day Maverick.
The Ministry of Justice solely issued an announcement after Each day Maverick had contacted the Minister’s workplace looking for touch upon the JICS report and its contents. Ministry spokesperson Chrispin Phiri later stated the report had been forwarded to regulation enforcement businesses.
The JSC has not acknowledged or denied that it despatched two of its personal investigators to the correctional facility or what their findings had been.
The continuing instability within the Western Cape Division, the place excessive profile instances involving Xulu himself have been heard or are as a result of be heard, warrants a speedy decision to what’s clearly now an untenable scenario.
Actually, it is a disaster.
Goliath lodged a grievance with the JSC in January 2020 alleging gross misconduct on behalf of Hlophe. Ten judges within the division got here out in help of an allegation with regard to an alleged assault by Hlophe of a fellow decide, Mushtak Parker.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng intervened in that matter saying Hlophe had a case to reply within the assault matter. The Chief Justice dismissed a counter-complaint by Hlophe towards Goliath.
Hlophe, in his assertion, has sought to counsel that the allegations of an alleged assassination plot have been concocted by the CJ Mogoeng and Goliath.
Xulu has written:
“Whereas the Workplace of the Chief Justice has responded to a media inquiry wherein it made it clear that there was no advantage in these allegations that Decide President Hlophe was concerned in alleged plot to kill Deputy Decide President, Decide President Hlophe will likely be looking for data as to when and the way this data got here to the eye of the Chief Justice, and whether or not these developments passed off whereas Chief Justice Mogoeng was within the strategy of adjudicating a grievance laid by Deputy Decide President Goliath towards Decide President Hlophe.”
The Workplace of the Chief Justice has but to reply to any of Each day Maverick’s queries in relation to the JICS report or every other report. We’ve got obtained no communication that “there was no advantage in these allegations”. DM