Ramodibedi facing his own music
IN response to “Lifeline for Ramodibedi” ( Lesotho Times, May 7, 2015), the appointment of Justice Bheki Maphalala, a supreme court judge, as Swaziland acting chief justice in the place of suspended Mathealira Michael Ramodibedi is, on the face of it, quite normal and reasonable.
However, this judge previously reported to Mr Ramodibedi and had frosty relations with him as reported in Swaziland newspapers.
Is he the right man to preside over Mr Ramodibedi’s case? I think the government of Swaziland would do well to appoint an external judge who is totally independent of the judicial malaise that has gripped the country in recent years.
In this way, the due process will be seen to have been fair.
Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini’s undisguised eagerness “to do justice” in this case and his overbearing influence in the appointment of an underling judge seems, from the outside at least, to have all the hallmarks of a “fixed” trial by that country’s Judicial Services Commission.
It seems the premier has found a willing judge to deliver the head of Mr Ramodibedi on a platter.
Is this not what Mr Ramodibedi was also hired to do, contrary to that country’s constitution, by removing the “troublesome” judge Tom Masuku?
The new acting chief justice should think very carefully before executing this assignment.
He too may exit the same way when he falls out of favour with the powerful cabals that operate the Swazi political system.