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Justice prevails: Minister Balfour's appeal application in "MM" case dismissed

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This morning, Judge Brian Southwood dismissed Minister Balfour’s application for leave to appeal against the decision by the Northern Gauteng High Court ordering that TAC and ALP be given access to the report of the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons (JIOP) regarding the death of prisoner ‘MM’. MM died in a Westville prison after having been denied access to ARVs. Justice Southwood described the Minister’s application for leave to appeal as ill-conceived, and ordered the government to pay the legal costs incurred by TAC and ALP.

The JIOP report had already been released to the public in the wake of Judge Southwood’s earlier order. TAC and ALP believes that Balfour’s application for leave to appeal that order was a shameful waste of public funds. Balfour’s counsel, Adv. Moerane, explained Balfour’s motivation in seeking leave to appeal -- notwithstanding the fact that the report had already been released -- as being to refute allegation he had lied about the report.

TAC and ALP welcome Judge Southwood’s decision. The South African judiciary continues to uphold constitutional democracy and remedy abuses of public office by politicians like Minister Balfour.


Alutua Continua!



Finally, after years our

Finally, after years our judiciary system has been able to even go after the Government officials. Previously our system was under Government's pressure and they were reluctant to press charges against them but now it's the other way around. I hope now corruption and abuse of power goes out of our summerlin homes government now.




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It's sad to know that he died in the prison i wish justice was served...


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Modern justice - fair?

This is indeed a great example of modern justice at work, although I'd still consider it a travesty that it's taken this long to get here. The way Balfour's has conducted himself is just plain wrong. Not only has he overlooked the provision of the basic health and well-being of inmates, he has made a totally vein attempt to vindicate himself using funds which are the public purse and should not be used for the purpose if legal defence.

I would see this decision as just the starting point for further action against Balfour's. There must be some justice system available to bring a further criminal or even civil hearing against him – in the case of a civil hearing it probably needs someone brave and wealthy enough to stand up and take it on.

Cases like this make a mockery of the system where a persons position and easy access to what should be public money makes the difference between them being able to defend such a case or not.

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Our judiciary system is

Our judiciary system is continiously improving and this verdict is just an example of how strong it is right now. But still a lot of work green valley nv homes needs to be done so Government officials fear abusing their powers.