Magistrate suspended for lenient sexual offence sentences

Magistrate suspended for lenient sexual offence sentences

The KwaZulu-Natal Social Development Department has welcomed the suspension of a magistrate who is accused of being soft on child rapists.

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The Magistrates' Commission was made aware of what are said to have been lenient sentences that Umlazi Magistrate - Kholeka Bodlani meted out to those accused of sexual offences.

In a statement, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola confirmed her work revealed irregularities and incompetent sentences.

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Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza has called on the minister to ensure that all cases that Bodlani presided over are reviewed.

"It is seriously concerning that in a country with such a high number of women and children abuse, some cases are not getting the attention they deserve. 

"If that is true, it is a serious setback in the fight against women and child abuse. The decision by the justice and correctional services minister, Mr Ronald Lamola sends a strong message that no one is above the law."

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