Joe, Phathaphatha, Musa con­firmed

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI

Hav­ing held their po­si­tions on act­ing ba­sis, three mag­is­trates have been con­firmed into their se­nior po­si­tions. Pigg’s Peak Prin­ci­pal Mag­is­trate Joseph Gumedze now holds the po­si­tion on sub­stan­tive ba­sis as Manzini S e ni or Mag­is­trat e Phathaphatha Mdluli and Siteki Se­nior Mag­is­trate Musa Nx­u­malo. They were re­port­edly called to a meet­ing over a week ago by Chief Jus­tice Bheki Mapha­lala where only two were in at­ten­dance as Mdluli was re­port­edly sick.

Ac­cord­ing to a well-placed source, the two met the CJ where they were in­formed of their con­fir­ma­tion. Of note, their con­fir­ma­tion let­ters are yet to be given to them as all three are re­port­edly still in the dark con­cern­ing the ef­fec­tive dates. The three have served in their dif­fer­ent duty sta­tions for dif­fer­ent du­rat i ons as Gumedze was trans­ferred from Manzini in 2015 where he was se­nior mag­is­trate.

Less than a year af­ter his trans­fer, his lead­er­ship be­came pro­nounced when t oget her wit h S e ni or Mag­is­trate Siphosini Dlamini and the Mag­is­trate Si­man­gele Mbatha, were able to re­duce the back­log of cases re­mark­ably re­sult­ing in his sta­tion hav­ing the least cases to deal with af­ter hav­ing com­pleted about 1 000 of them, with 96 pend­ing. Mdluli’s trans­fer to Manzini came about af­ter his al­leged fall out with Prin­ci­pal Mag­is­trate Fik­ile Nh­la­batsi which led to the former writ­ing a sting­ing let­ter stat­ing that in the event she died, he should be blamed. This ex­change came about af­ter Nh­la­batsi was trans­ferred to her po­si­tion fol­low­ing her ar­rest dur­ing the height of the ju­di­cial crises.

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