“The department of justice must offer protection to magistrates.”
This was said by human rights commissioner and attorney JB Sibanyoni when reacting to the shooting of Bronkhorstpruit magistrate Victor Mabunda on Wednesday afternoon.
The 50-year-old magistrate was shot in his driveway just as he arrived home from work.
Sibanyoni said he was deeply saddened by Mabunda’s untimely death.
“He was an impeccable magistrate who was impartial and could administer the law without fear, favour or prejudice,” Sibanyoni said.
“We have really lost a pillar of strength in the justice system. Protection needs to be offered to magistrates.”
The killing came as a shock to Sibanyoni and others within the legal fraternity.
Mabunda was shot four times before he got out of his car, according to police.
He was declared dead at the scene.
His attacker has not been found yet and a witness allegedly reported seeing a green Toyota RAV4 leave the scene.
Nothing was stolen from the victim, police said.
Police said they will investigate links to cases the magistrate was working on as well as inspect CCTV footage from neighbouring business premises.
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