Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
THE Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has joined the call for Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe to step down as acting judge.
The former Acting Director of Public Prosecutions' recent appointment to the North West high court caused an outcry by legal bodies, including the General Council of the Bar of SA (GCBSA), lobby group Freedom Under Law and the South African Institute of Race Relations.
"It is undesirable for a government official, while still retaining his civil service position as a public prosecutor, to be a member of the judiciary. This offends the concept of judicial independence," said LSSA communications manager Barbara Whittle.
Mpshe was appointed by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe, whom according to his office, could do so without consulting the Judicial Services Commission as Mpshe is not a permanent judge.
However, the LSSA believes the manner in which the acting position was canvassed, in terms of which the minister made both the nomination and the appointment, hints at Executive interference in the judiciary.
"We urge Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe to withdraw or suspend the appointment of Mokotedi Mpshe as an acting judge to allow the JSC to consider the matter and make its official views public," said Whittle.
The GCBSA are still waiting for a response from the Justice Ministry after lodging a complaint last week.
Spokesperson for the justice department Tlali Tlali said the minister would respond today.