Malema Accuses Lamola of Influencing JSC Decision, Justice Department Denies Judicial Capture Claims

Malema Accuses Lamola of Influencing JSC Decision, Justice Department Denies Judicial Capture Claims

  • Julius Malema and Ronald Lamola had a heated verbal argument during Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's JSC interview
  • Malema accused Lamola of manipulating and capturing the judiciary to appoint Zondo as the Chief Justice
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters defended their leader, Malema, in a statement accusing the ANC of manipulating the JSC selection process

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JOHANNESBURG - Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), accused Ronald Lamola, the Minister of Justice and an MP from the African National Congress (ANC), of manipulating the JSC in their selection process to appoint the next Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

Malema hurled this accusation at Lamola during the JSC interview of Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Friday (4 January), when the two politicians engaged in a public screaming match with one another.

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During his interview, the heated argument resulted from Zondo saying that his current acting position was granted after Lamola personally requested him to take up the yoke in a private letter in 2021, TimesLIVE reports.

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Julius Malema has accused Ronald Lamola of judicial manipulation. Image: Sharon Seretlo/Gallo Images via Getty Images and Felix Dlangamandla/Daily Maverick/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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EFF issues a statement on Julius vs Lamola incident

The EFF posted a statement on social media in which they formally declared what Malema accused Lamola of, namely judicial capture and manipulation. In the statement, the party goes further and alleges that the ANC as a whole is guilty of these offences.

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Crispin Phiri, a spokesperson for the Justice Department, responded to the EFF's statement by saying that the EFF was spreading fake news and that neither the ANC nor Lamola manipulated the JSC in its selection process.

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“The insinuation that the minister sought to enhance the appointment ability of a certain candidate by suggesting the candidate be appointed to act in a vacancy in the Constitutional Court is designed to undermine confidence in the judiciary,” said Phiri.

South Africans react to Malema and Lamola drama over JSC interviews

@iZwelethu_ remarked:

"The EFF bar is so high. Expose Expose Expose."

@Cinnamon_Guy_ asked:

"Who writes these statements?"

@WelcumZA said:

"Now we know how the EFF operates."

@Sikelelo20 believes:

"Another RET group! You won't succeed shame!"

@LuzukoMngqibisa shared:

"That is why they are a 10% party."

Zondo's Chief Justice interview erupted in chaos, with Malema accused of lying

In earlier news about this case, Briefly News reported that Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's interview took place on Friday. The interview dragged on for a gruelling 12 hours.

The length of the interview took its toll on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). Justice Minister Ronald Lamola accused EFF leader Julius Malema of lying which resulted in the two starting a shouting match.

The argument stemmed from Malema's claim that Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo was made an acting Constitutional Court judge under suspicious circumstances.

Source: Briefly News

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