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newsSunday Tribune reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Regional Court President Eric Nzimande’s provisional suspension was confirmed during a sitting of a National Council of Provinces (NCOP) committee.  

Magistrate Nzimande, whose responsibilities include the appointment of magistrates, is alleged to be a key player in a crooked cabal of magistrates, prosecutors and police officers working closely with a criminal syndicate to subvert justice in the province.  It is alleged senior magistrates linked to the syndicate were paid to let off lightly rhino poachers, murderers and rapists.  Motivating for Nzimande’s suspension before the NCOP security and justice committee last week, advocate Cassim Moosa, chairperson of the Magistrate’s Commission, raised further serious allegations against Nzimande.  Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha suspended Nzimande from active duty in December.  The decision had to be rubber-stamped by the security and justice committee before Nzimande could appear before the Magistrates Commission’s disciplinary hearing to determine his fitness to hold office.  The allegations against him were first made public in October 2017 by conservation organisation Saving the Wild, when it published its Blood Rhino Blacklist, an alleged “syndicate of magistrates and prosecutors protecting rhino poachers and other role players”.

  • Read the full original of Mervyn Naidoo’s report on this story at Sunday Tribune

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