‘Speedy arr ests must s top’

Chief judge wants more ef­fi­ciency

Weekend Witness - - Ne Ws -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The man­ner in which the po­lice in­ves­ti­gate and make quick ar­rests should be stopped, Chief Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng said yes­ter­day.

“The po­lice do not have to ar­rest be­fore com­plet­ing an in ves­ti­ga­tion,” Mo­go­eng t old Par­lia­ment’s portf olio c om­mit­tee on jus tice.

The c om­mit­tee, led b y Mathole Mot­shekga, was meet­ing the heads of the ju­di­ciary at the of­fices of the chief jus tice in J ohannesburg.

“With politi­cians, when con­stituents scream and gi ve pr es­sure t o arr est who­ever, the polic e are called in and make the ar­rest, be­cause for the politi­cian, no ar­rest means no v otes and ca­reer­lim­it­ing is­sues. Dis­cour­age th­ese quick ar­rests … They put pres­sure on the ju­di­ciary and judges bear the blame w hen those arr ested in such cir cum­stances ar e r eleased,” Mo­go­eng said.

Mo­go­eng also said South Africa needs elec­tronic court fil­ing sys­tems to pre­vent fur­ther dis­ap­pear­ance of dock ets and cru­cial inf or­ma­tion.

“South Africa is in an unf or­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion where dock­ets dis­ap­pear, even in the cus tody of pros­e­cu­tors. We as the ju­di­ciary de­vel­oped a plan re­gard­ing the mod­erni­sa­tion of the court sys­tem after vis­it­ing and study­ing what other coun­tries such as the USA and Rus­sia are do­ing. It sim­ply re­quires an elec­tronic record­ing sys­tem where one or two peo­ple have a pin and man­age the elec­tronic fil­ing s ys­tem.” — S apa.

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