No money to furnish CJ's new house
MBABANE – It might take longer than expected for the Chief Justice, Michael Ramodibedi to leave the Royal Villas as government does not yet have money to furnish his E7 million house.
The Secretary of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Lorraine Hlophe, has said government is yet to get money to purchase furniture for the house which is under construction at the Judges’ Village. In an interview, she said the house is nearing completion, but they would also have to ensure that there is enough security. Government parts with about E30 000 per month in respect of Ramodibedi’s accommodation at Royal Villas.
"Government is yet to get money to purchase furniture for the house before the Chief Justice moves in. There are also issues of security which need to be taken into account before he moves in," Hlophe said.
She said it would depend on government’s budget. Asked when Ramodibedi would be expected to move out of the Royal Villas, Hlophe said it would depend on when his house would be completed and the availability of furniture.
The Undersecretary in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Siboniso Masilela, in an interview with the Times Sunday, had said Ramodibedi would not immediately move into his house until the entire Judges’ Village had been completed.
He also said a wall fence, for security purposes, needed to be put up first before Ramodibedi moved in.
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