Justice Ministry reacts to Cullinan magistrate gunned down outside his home

The Justice Ministry says it is shocked and saddened after a Cullinan magistrate was gunned down outside his home in Bronkhorstspruit on Wednesday.

The motive for the killing is still unknown.

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery says it is concerning that the lives of judicial officers are under threat.

It is something that I had heard about with great shock and sadness. It is very problematic when somebody like that is murdered.

John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

Jeffery says a number of magistrates and judges are under protection.

He explains the process.

There are around 2000 magistrates, so it is not possible to provide everyone with protection. Where a magistrate feels that they are under threat they are meant to then immediately report it to police and to the department of justice, a threat assessment is conducted to ascertain whether they do in fact need protection.

John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

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