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Justice bids farewell to four exceptional jurists

Just two weeks ago, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng launched the Gauteng Provincial Efficiency Enhancement Committee (PEEC), aimed at improving justice system in courts and also to monitor and evaluate the work of judges and magistrates.

While these good news are still fresh on people’s minds, the Gauteng region bid farewell to four (4) of its experienced judicial officers who retired recently.  In a ceremony held at the Swan Lake Hotel in Centurion on 15 November, Gauteng Regional Head Ms Emily Dhlamini said goodbye to former Deputy Judge President of North Gauteng, Judge Willem van der Merwe, former Randburg Chief Magistrate, Professor Cheryl Loots, former Germiston Chief Magistrate, Mr Joshua Nemanashi and former Chief Magistrate and Cluster Head in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, Mr Gert Jonker.

Judge President of the North and South Gauteng High Court, Justice Dunstan Mlambo, during his tribute said; “The four legal minds that we are talking about were part of the wind of change. They made sure that our core business of monitoring justice and ensuring that justice is transparent, accountable and efficient is realised,” remarked Judge Mlambo.

He added that Judge van der Merwe welcomed him to the Pretoria Bar when he was appointed as judge. He said; “The example made by Justice van der Merwe needs to be emulated because he was a shiny example.”

Thanking his colleagues, Chief Magistrate Jonker acknowledged the co-operation from the Gauteng Regional Office saying; “The services we rendered in Gauteng increased greatly and thanks to the Gauteng Regional Head Ms Emily Dhlamini for your cooperation and support, you made my work very easy. We worked as a team that is the reason we were successful.”

Former Germiston Chief Magistrate, Joshua Nemanashi only had good things to share about his working experience. “It was a pleasure to work in Gauteng as a sub-cluster head, we worked very hard with the magistrates and ensured that the wheels of justice are accessed by the public. Cases were investigated properly and finalised at the given timeframe, we really did our part and I appreciate the department for assisting in shaping my career,” he said. 

Acting Chief Magistrate in Randburg, Yoliswa Sidlova also made her tribute to Professor Loots saying that she is a perfect example of a woman who has delicately balanced the role of a daughter, a mother, grandmother and a legal jurist.

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By Mokgethwa Ngoepe