Law dithers while kids suffer


Law dithers while kids suffer

Judge who challenged authority dangles in suspension while abused victims suffer court delays.

Arrogance or stupidity – just what is it that causes the state to act in the way it does? Take the ongoing saga of suspended Regional Court Magistrate, Phumele Hole suspended on full pay pending a disciplinary enquiry for insubordination – a decision subsequently ratified by Parliament – no thought is apparently given to what will happen to all the cases he is dealing with. This worries Childline Northern Cape, because at the time of the suspension Hole has 23 part-heard sexual assault criminal cases, 13 of which involve complainants who are minors, some as young as seven.

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