Fear grips SA’s judiciary as syndicates use 'mafia style' tactics to kill lawyers

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The Institute for Security Studies said crime syndicates and members of organised crime were taking out members within the legal fraternity and South African Police Services, sending out a message that none of the office bearers were safe.

The institute’s Johan Burger’s comments follow the slaying of advocate Vernon Jantjies on Sunday night at Clock Towers in Lentegeur.

Jantjies, who represented Glenda Bird, sister of Fadwaan “Vet” Murphy - an alleged drug dealer kingpin - was shot execution style in what many said was a hit. A police source said Jantjies was first shot several times in the back and when he hit the ground his attacker shot him multiple times in the upper body.

Jantjies is the fourth lawyer dealing with high-profile cases who was shot execution style. On November 7, 2016, prominent attorney Noorudien Hassan was shot in his car outside his home in Lansdowne. City lawyer Pete Mihalik was gunned down in October 2018 after dropping off his children at Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard School in Green Point. In May this year, criminal attorney David Mbazwana was shot dead at a spaza shop in Khayelitsha in what looked like a robbery.
 

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No problem to see here as I bet lawyers are killed at a much lower rate than people in townships.
 

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Stop representing scum, problem solved...
The wheels of justice are balanced on everyone having a fair chance to defend themselves.

This tactic is now going to be used against legal enforcement. Prosecutors are next up on the list.

Just another day in South Africa however.
 
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Stop representing scum, problem solved...
Stop typing dumb schit on the internet.


Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996
Chapter 2: Bill of Rights

(2) Everyone who is detained, including every sentenced prisoner, has the right—
(b) to choose, and to consult with, a legal practitioner, and to be informed of this
right promptly;
(c) to have a legal practitioner assigned to the detained person by the state and
at state expense, if substantial injustice would otherwise result, and to be
informed of this right promptly;

(3) Every accused person has a right to a fair trial, which includes the right—
(a) to be informed of the charge with sufficient detail to answer it;
(b) to have adequate time and facilities to prepare a defence;
(c) to a public trial before an ordinary court;
(d) to have their trial begin and conclude without unreasonable delay;
(e) to be present when being tried;
(f) to choose, and be represented by, a legal practitioner, and to be informed of
this right promptly;
(g) to have a legal practitioner assigned to the accused person by the state and
at state expense, if substantial injustice would otherwise result, and to be
informed of this right promptly;
(h) to be presumed innocent, to remain silent, and not to testify during the
proceedings;
(i) to adduce and challenge evidence;
(j) not to be compelled to give self-incriminating evidence;
(k) to be tried in a language that the accused person understands or, if that is not
practicable, to have the proceedings interpreted in that language;
(l) not to be convicted for an act or omission that was not an offence under either
national or international law at the time it was committed or omitted;
(m) not to be tried for an offence in respect of an act or omission for which that
person has previously been either acquitted or convicted;
(n) to the benefit of the least severe of the prescribed punishments if the
prescribed punishment for the offence has been changed between the time
that the offence was committed and the time of sentencing; and
(o) of appeal to, or review by, a higher court.

26.2 Counsel shall not refuse to accept briefs in an area of practice in which they
profess to practise or in a court in which they profess to practise on the grounds
that they disapprove of the client or of the client’s opinions or alleged conduct or
because of any disregard in which such person might be held.
To make it even clearer advocate Vernon Jantjies that was gunned down did not really have a choice in accepting the case as he was bound by the code of conduct of the legal practice council.


I know it's hard but just try to think about what you are saying for a second. Let me give you an example, your bitter ex-wife goes to the police claiming you molested your 4yr old daughter. The police arrests you and the state decide to prosecute you for some very nasty evil stuff no one wants to be associated with. No attorney or advocate will touch you with a bargepole as it will bring severe reputational damage to them. The fact that you're innocent is irrelevant and your chances of a fair trial just went out the window.
 

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The wheels of justice are balanced on everyone having a fair chance to defend themselves.
I think it's the scales of justice being balanced & the wheels of justice turning slowly:p

Sorry I could not resist:giggle:
 
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Dat murder rate tho.

Steve must be having a quiet chuckle..
 
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