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    Swazi judge gets two awards in Namibia

    APA-Mbabane (Swaziland)

    Swazi-born Justice Thomas Masuku who is practising at the High Court of Namibia has received two awards for “outstanding performance” in the 2017 legal year, APA learned on Thursday.

    The first award is the ‘Judge’s President’s Commendation’ “in recognition of outstanding performance by having delivered all due judgments by the end of 2017”.
    The other award is the ‘Delivery of judgments within guidelines for the 2017 Legal Year’ where he got a score of 77 per cent after assessment.
    In his interview with local media, Masuku said this was “a vindication”, as he was dismissed from being judge at the High Court of Swaziland for allegedly “failing to deliver judgements on time”.

    This happened during the time when Lesotho-born Michael Ramodibedi was the Chief Justice of Swaziland. The judge consequently left the country in 2014 and joined the High Court of Namibia in February 2016.

    He said the high court he is currently working for is ahead that of Swaziland, as it has introduced e-filling and is getting rid of paper files.
    “While I am here in Swaziland, I am able to check cases which are allocated to me as the filling is now done electronically”.
    In November 2015, Justice Masuku received a glowing review from Namibian President Hage Geingob for his “excellent judicial work”.


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