EFF leader Julius Malema asked where is Rise Mzansi getting money from?. Image via X: @EFF

EFF continues attack on Magistrate Olivier

The EFF welcomes the Eastern Cape High Courts decision to overturn Sibongile Mani’s prison sentence, calling Magistrate Olivier ‘lazy’


EFF leader Julius Malema asked where is Rise Mzansi getting money from?. Image via X: @EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters says it feels vindicated in part by the Eastern Cape High Court’s exposing of what it(the EFF) describes as Magistrate Twanet Olivier’s laziness and judicial incompetence.


On Monday, the High Court overturned Walter Sisulu University Sibongile Mani’s five year prison sentence to a suspended sentence.

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Mani had erroneously received R14million from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, into her student account instead of R1400 meal allowance. Then went onto a three day shopping spree, spending nearly R800 000 on clothes, designer handbags, shoes and expensive alcohol.

Olivier, presiding at the East London Regional Court, handed Mani direct prison sentence.

In handing down its overruling judgement, Judges Sally Collett and Nozuko Mjali described Olivier ruling as a judicial failure as the magistrate failed to consider a report advising against prison time.

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“The trial court in failing to take cognisance or by brushing aside the second report relating to correctional supervision, is a material supervision”, the judgement read.


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EFF leader Julius Malema has continuously expressed his discontent with Olivier during his trial in relation to allegedly discharging of a firearm.

In his latest appearance in September, Malema had had outburst in court accusing Olivier of always being late.

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“For five years Magistrate Olivier has been late, disorganised and most recently has abdicated her role as a custodian of judgements to intermediaries, in the form of police officers handling sensitive rulings”, the EFF said.

“Olivier inability to practice judicial discretion, ass stated by the Eastern Cape High Court, reveals an individual with a poor grasp of her role and responsibilities, and an individual prone to irrationality and laziness in her judgements.”