- Top Johannesburg lawyer, Raymond Edward Chalom, has come forward to outline just how rife with corruption the judiciary in South Africa is
- According to Chalom, SA judges are chosen based on loyalties and affiliations
- The accomplished attorney went on to complain about how cost orders are being abused by judges in the SA courts
Raymond Edward Chalom has been in the legal profession for just under 5 decades and recently spoke out about corruption in the South African judiciary.
Chalom told the Sunday Independent this week that a great deal of SA judges rig court cases and abuse cost orders.
The established attorney went on to explain that in many instances, judges are appointed because of the ‘right’ loyalties and affiliations as opposed to on a basis of merit.
Seven years ago, Chalom wrote a letter to the UN Security Council Division complaining about how saturated with corruption the South African Judiciary and Judicial Service Commission (JSC) have become, IOL reported.
Chalom recently brought up how this corruption has manifested in the case of South African Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
According to the lawyer, judges abused cost orders against Mkhwebane, in her recently-lost constitutional court cases, and used insulting, personal language against her.
“Cost orders are being abused. I’m of the view they are being abused for political purposes. Thuli Madonsela was on the right side, so she became Queen. Mkhwebane is more perceptive about a deeper problem in society and she is being punished for it. That problem relates to access to justice, it relates to access by ordinary people to courts. That is necessary because if ordinary people don’t have access to courts, you get violence,” Chalom explained to the Sunday Independent in a video, taken at his home in Johannesburg.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Chalom said he had also previously been personally affected by the corruption in the judiciary and JSC.
Chalom explained that he had applied for a judicial position and was subsequently removed from a list of practicing attorneys after he questioned the decision not to appoint him.
To hear more about the issue from Chalom, read here:
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