The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has recommended that President Cyril Ramaphosa suspend Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela and Mngibisi Thusi from the Gauteng Division of the High Court.
The JSC believes their competency should be probed, citing failure to deliver numerous reserved judgments, which the commission says has prejudiced the parties involved.
In a statement, the commission says if prima facie evidence is found against them, it could result to gross misconduct charges.
“Due to the seriousness of the complaints, the JSC has also decided to advise the President that it is desirable that Judges Maumela and Mngqibisa-Thusi be placed on suspension pending the outcome of the Tribunal processes,” says the Commission.
The JSC has further recommended that the two Judges finalise all matters that are presently before them.
Judge Maumela, who presided over the Meyiwa murder case, is no stranger to controversy following his spat in court with Advocate Malesela Teffo who withdrew from the trial as a result.
Advocate Teffo accused the judge of taking concoctions in court to allegedly destabilise proceedings. He further claimed that Maumela had a consultation with a Sangoma in his chambers.
The Meyiwa murder trial, where five men are facing prosecution, is expected to resume in May.
Accused number 2, Bongani Ntanzi, briefly appeared before the high court in Pretoria earlier today for a bail application, which was dismissed.
All the suspects in the matter remain in custody.
Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza