There was a public outcry after it was discovered that Judge C Lamont from South Gauteng High Court is actually a partner of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Judge Lamont is a shareholder of Sibanye Mine together with Ramaphosa and he was presiding over the Marikana Massacre case which is involving Sibanye. Last week when Ramaphosa appeared in court, Lamont was ordered to step down but he refused. He said had he sold his shares the day before the Ramaphosa's appearance and has now cleared the conflict.
However, pressure mounted and he has now succumbed to the pressure and recused himself as presiding judge over a matter involving his now former company Sibanye Still Water where he had shares, and the Marikana survivors who are taking President Ramaphosa to court.
Judge Lamont's recusal of himself from the Marikana Massacre civil case is the right thing to do. This case must be completed as soon as possible, to put a stop on the politicisation of the August 16 2012 events. Those who are liable must pay.
Why was Judge Lamont a shareholder in the first place? Judges have life-time perks for a reason. The fact that he even sat through a recusal hearing is problematic. He shouldn't have taken the case. Bottom and klaar!
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