- Fazloen Hoffman shared her unpleasant experience at the magistrates court
- She says the court was unprofessional, disrespectful and abusing their power
- She adds that the magistrate, B.S. Lea, became aggressive when she confronted him about his professionalism
Fazloen Hoffman’s experience at the magistrates court left her feeling frustrated, defeated and angry at the court’s lack of professionalism and concern for citizen’s time.
Fazloen took to social media to share her frustration, hoping to make South Africans aware of the incompetence of the court system an perhaps light a fire under government to improve customer services.
She also shared photos and videos of the court.
She says the sitting magistrates of B.S.Lea’s court (Goodwood Magistrates Court) was "unprofessional, disrespectful and blatantly abusing taxpayers money and the privilege of being employed.”
She added that Lea was condescending to most of the cases presented to him. The tip of the iceberg of poor service, was that the magistrate was constantly on his cell phone even when presented with important cases.
Fazloen says she was not the only person in the court who was completely shook by the extremely inappropriate behaviour and disrespect, Briefly.co.za found.
But beyond just affecting people’s experience at court, the magistrates apathy for his job affected his clients’ entire lives.
Fazloen accuses the magistrate of punishing people beyond the gravity of their actions.
“In my presence, the punishments he meted out did not match the merits of the cases presented,” she writes.
She added that he was more concerned about going to get lunch, and kept mouthing this to his colleague.
Fazloen fight back
Refusing to leave the situation alone and let the government official continue to abuse their power, Fazloen decided to confront the prosecutor, magistrate and court official.
Fazloen accused the prosecutor for taking advantage of the ineptitude of the court.
When she accused the court official, Happy Mbanane of sleeping during trial, Fazloen alleges that he became verbally abusive.
Finally, she called the magistrate, Lea, to order. After she informed him that she filmed his negligent behaviour on her cell phone, Lea allegedly became aggressive.
“Wow, the frothing at the mouth, the red eyes and shaky frame that emitted all the shouting and defensive screaming at me in the corridor was a sight to behold. Unstable and extremely scary,” she writes.
Defending his actions, Lea told her and the court secretary that he was texting his boss, Mr. de Beer.
She says he behaved inappropriately towards her and in a threatening manner. Fazloen adds that he blew a kiss at her before walking away.
Official complaint lodged
Fazloen lodged an formal complaint with the Public Prosecutor, Provincial Head of Department and the Justice and Constitutional Development as well as the Magistrate’s Commission in Pretoria and Minister Masutha in Parliament.
She has also taken the opportunity to share her story as far and wide as possible, even talking to news outlets.
Fazloen encouraged social media to continue to share the story as well as share their own experiences, in the hopes of restoring justice.
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