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Office of the Chief Justice warns judges

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) has urged judges to be careful amid violent protests happening in the country.

There is a voice recording making rounds on social media, allegedly threatening to kill judges and burn their houses.

The threats are linked to the current protests demanding the release of former president Jacob Zuma from prison.

“Judges are advised to be vigilant and may wish to continue with virtual meetings and hearings as far as possible, more specifically in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal which seem to be the focus areas of protesters,” said the OCJ.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa slammed the violence that’s been the hallmark of the protests over the weekend, warning that those involved will be arrested and prosecuted.

“While everyone has a right to protest, there can never be justification for violent and destructive action that affects the rights of others,” said Ramaphosa.

Protests continue to happen in the country.

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