The CJ and the four judges: Whose conduct is irregular

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Recently, Chief Justice (CJ), Maruping Dibotelo, in his capacity as Chief Justice and Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), allegedly reported four judges to the police for investigation for receiving a housing allowance of P6,545.45 per month despite being accommodated in official residences.

In response, the judges, through a letter dated 12th August 2015, wrote to the CJ saying “we are alarmed that a matter as internal as housing allowance, whose continued receipt at the instance of the Administration of Justice (AoJ) was never raised with us at any point, has become a criminal matter that you have referred to the police for investigation.”

It is on record that the Secretary to the JSC, Michael Motlhabi, has issued a statement published, inter alia, in Mmegi’s online edition of 14th August 2015 stating that “... the decision to refer the issue of wrongful payment and receipt of housing allowance for an independent investigation was that of the JSC as a whole, taken unanimously in good faith after a lengthy and searching debate. It was not, as suggested, a decision taken by the CJ alone...”

Editor's Comment
Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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