Ramod­ibedi re­fuses to sur­ren­der ve­hi­cles

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to­day mark­ing the 26th day he has been holed-up in his res­i­dence with his fam­ily. An act­ing chief jus­tice has since been ap­pointed by the Swazi gov­ern­ment, while ef­forts to per­suade him out of his home con­tinue.

Mean­while, JSC sec­re­tary, Lor­raine Hlophe wrote to Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi ad­vis­ing him to sur­ren­der the two gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles in his pos­ses­sion.

The let­ter dated 11 May 2015, and head­lined, “Re­moval of mo­tor ve­hi­cles from suspended Chief Jus­tice’s res­i­dence”, is ad­dressed to Gen­eral Trans­port Manager, Mr Mav­im­bela, and reads: “Ref­er­ence is made to the above-cap­tioned mat­ter, in par­tic­u­lar our tele-con­ver­sa­tion. We are di­rected by the Act­ing Chief Jus­tice that you as­sist in the col­lec­tion of the two mo­tor ve­hi­cles be­ing a Mercedes Benz 280 SG 019 JU (LSD 153 AH) and BMW 750 LI GSD 021 JU. Th­ese cars we re­quest be towed and ac­cord­ingly, be kept at the High Court premises be­fore close of busi­ness to­day, 11 May 2015. Your usual co­op­er­a­tion shall be highly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

But ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment spokesper­son, Percy Sime­lane, Mr Ramod­ibedi had not com­plied with the re­quest by yes­ter­day.

Mr Sime­lane told the

Times from Mba­bane yes­ter­day: “De­spite all the ef­forts we have made to mas­sage the sit­u­a­tion and hop­ing that the now suspended chief jus­tice will come to his senses and sur­ren­der, he is still re­fus­ing to come out. The po­lice went to col­lect the cars from Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi’s res­i­dence on Mon­day but he re­fused to give them the keys, while he also kept the garage doors locked.

“The po­lice have been nurs­ing the sit­u­a­tion hop­ing that he will com­ply to no avail. They could force their way in but we don’t want to hurt in­no­cent souls in­side the house. We don’t want them af­fected by this. We have tried all ef­forts, even by way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing this is­sue with the gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho be­cause of our cor­dial re­la­tions, but the suspended chief jus­tice can­not com­ply.

“If he con­tin­ues to be de­fi­ant, we will be left with no al­ter­na­tive but let the po­lice use force to en­ter his home and ar­rest him. He is mak­ing things dif­fi­cult for him­self.”

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