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By unknown | Oct 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Hostile Free State advocates have turned a once- confident judge into a weeping devastated woman, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) heard yesterday.

Shamin Ebrahim, a Free State high court judge, who is seeking to be transferred from the province, told the JSC panel interviewing judge candidates in Cape Town that hostile and acrimonious advocates at the Free State bar had made her life miserable.

"They made it impossible for me to dispense justice; they were hostile and did not offer me any form of support. They were simply not ready to accept a female judge," she said.

Ebrahim, who was an advocate in Johannesburg before being appointed to serve as a judge in the Free State provincial division five years ago, said she had never received any form of co-operation from the advocates since her appointment.

The advocates had on several occasions refused to accept her decisions on court matters, and had in many instances openly demonstrated a disrespectful attitude towards her during court proceedings.

Ebrahim said her relationship with the bar had "irretrievably broken down". Ebrahim's previous application for a transfer in April was turned down by the JSC. - Sapa


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