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gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that former Kempton Park Chief Magistrate Judith van Schalkwyk, who was fired after being found guilty of rude and threatening behaviour and of taking money from an attorney to travel to Washington, has failed in her bid to review and set aside the Magistrates Commission recommendation to the National Assembly that she be removed from office.

Earlier this month, Johannesburg High Court Judge Leonard Twala ruled that while some of the 24 charges for which she was found guilty by the commission should be set aside, the remaining four charges were serious enough to warrant her dismissal. One was her conduct towards colleagues. The commission said she had told one his decision “sucked”, wrote on a charge sheet about another, “have you finally lost your marbles”, and told another colleague “If I could throw you through the wall…”. Another charge related to a rude, disrespectful email she sent to the Chief Magistrate of Johannesburg, Gert Jonker. She also took R34,000 from a local attorney to fund a trip she wanted to go on to the United States for an International Association of Judges Conference after her official request for funding was denied. The final charge was that she had not paid for parking at the court. Her case is one of several cited by the commission in Parliament of magistrates who used “every trick in the book” to delay proceedings against them. Van Schalkwyk was first suspended in 2013 and finally removed from office in 2022.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tania Broughton at GroundUp


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