How does a lawyer allow herself to be contaminated by the system?

By Victor Angula |

It’s true that a good tomato in a sack of rotten tomatoes becomes contaminated too.

This is the case with lawyers who serve on the Namibian Judicial Service Commission.

It’s an open secret that the Judiciary of Namibia is broken. I can say it again: it’s an open secret that the Judiciary of Namibia is broken. That I know for sure; what I don’t know for sure is whether it’s broken beyond repair.

And so it seems that even the lawyers in private practice who sit on the Judicial Service Commission are allowing themselves to be used by the broken system.

I had addressed a complaint to the Judicial Service Commission of Namibia, a complaint sworn by affidavit, a complaint against the manner in which a High Court judge shamelessly prepared a judgement and convicted me before the trial had even taken place.

I provided evidence corroborating my claim. The complaint was dated 12 October 2020.

Yet in a letter, addressed to me, dated 23 November 2020, signed by the secretary of the Judicial Service Commission, who also is a lawyer in a law firm of the name Nixon Marcus Public Law Office, whose name is Ms Uno Katjipuka-Sibolile, it came to light that Ms Katjipuka-Sibolile allowed herself to be used as the henchwoman of the broken Judiciary of Namibia.

While my complaint was clear, so clear that even a Grade 10 learner would understand it, the Judicial Service Commission in response ignored the issue but rather resolved to dispose of my complaint by making a reference to something which was not even mentioned in my complaint.

Mind you, this Commission is made up of such eminent people as the Chief Justice of Namibia Mr Peter Shivute, Deputy Chief Justice Mr Petrus Damaseb, Attorney General Mr Festus Mbandeka, and two lawyers namely Ms Elize Angula of Angula Co. Inc., and Ms Uno Katjipuka-Sibolile of Nixon Marcus Public Law Office.

To make matters worse the Judicial Service Commission attached an ominous disclaimer to the letter addressed to me by saying: “no further correspondence on this issue will be entertained.”

Multiple calls and emails to Ms Katjipuka-Sibolile’s office were ignored by Ms Katjipuka-Sibolile. Calls and emails to Ms Elize Angula also fell on deaf ears.

These are good lawyers who only have been contaminated by their being members of the Judicial Service Commission which acts for the interests of a Judiciary which has lost the senses for justice, honesty, truth, and fairness.

And now they are allowing themselves to be used by the Judiciary, not realising that their actions will haunt them years after they have left their plum seats in the Judiciary’s ghostly chambers.

In the photo: Ms Uno Katjipuka-Sibolile, secretary of the Judicial Service Commission.