‘Speedy arr ests must s top’
Chief judge wants more efficiency
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.