Any attempts to discredit judiciary won't succeed - retired judge Bernard Ngoepe

Retired judge Bernard Ngoepe says politicians who try undermine or discredit the judiciary are wasting their time.

This comes after two Cabinet ministers took a swipe at the judiciary in light of the recent National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) ruling.

Read: ‘Conflicted’ Zuma will never again have say in appointing NPA boss, court hears

Ngoepe says any underhanded comments will only encourage judges to continue applying the law with courage and conviction.

He served as a judge for 18 years and says neither compliments nor commendation should influence the judiciary.

Ngoepe laments that many politicians are receiving incorrect legal advice when pursing court battles.

Such comments will not have an impact on judges. If anything, you tend to strengthen their resolve.

Retired judge Bernard Ngoepe

You cannot influence judges by making remarks.

Retired judge Bernard Ngoepe

People now know that their protector is the Constitution

Retired judge Bernard Ngoepe

Minister Bathabile Dlamini claims that the judges are not acting independently and that the ruling was written and drafted by external parties.

The judiciary are now very clearly part of the cliques.

Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Social Development and ANC Women's League chair

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane also questioned the ruling, which he says is unheard of.

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This article first appeared on 702 : Any attempts to discredit judiciary won't succeed - retired judge Bernard Ngoepe


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