Poorly paid Zim judiciary resorts to graft

gavelFrom MERCY MUJURU in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) – POOR salaries have been blamed for fuelling corruption within the Zimbabwean judiciary.
Resigning Bulawayo magistrate, Batanai Tuwe, blamed the problems on the besieged administration of President Robert Mugabe.
Tuwe said the $650 (R9 750) monthly salary paid to magistrates was unsustainable and driven most legal professionals into corruption.
“Why should any magistrate send a person who earns $1 200 to jail when they can offer the magistrate $600 and still have more than the magistrate?”
He blamed Mugabe of dashing his aspirations.
“I swore an oath to God when I was appointed but you made me corrupt.”
He caused a storm on social media when he called on civil servants, including soldiers, to down tools until they are paid their salaries for December.
The broke government said these would only be paid in January.
Government, which spends 80 percent of its revenue on wages, has resorted to staggering pay dates.

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