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newsNews24 reports that the President of the Special Tribunal, Judge Lebogang Modiba, is alleged to have interfered in the recruitment process for a registrar.

On 10 February 2023, the Department of Justice and Constitutional advertised a position for a registrar at the Special Tribunal. One of the requirements for the position was an LLB degree. According to two independent sources, Modiba's alleged preferred candidate, Mpho Mashitisho, was still studying for her degree through Unisa, and would only complete her studies in December 2023. During Modiba's meeting with officials, she allegedly told them they should not fill the position and must wait for Mashitisho to complete her studies, as she was almost done with her degree. Another requirement was two years post-qualification experience, in respect of which Modiba allegedly told officials during the meeting that they would use recognition of prior learning and she would personally mentor Mashitisho. Mashitisho is currently acting as a registrar for the Special Tribunal. Modiba has advised that she was unaware of any complaint in respect of the allegations against her. Modiba is also alleged to have purged staff at the Special Tribunal when she took office in May 2022. Sources claimed she terminated the contracts of an experienced registrar, two court clerks, a messenger, and two administrators, whom she accused of being ineffective.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Belinda Pheto at News24

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