AN appeal by a former Karasburg magistrate to get her job back after she was discharged for misconduct was dismissed by the Namibian High Court.
According to court documentation Salome Bampton while presiding over a matter, paid the bail for an accused person. This put her direct conflict with her mandate.
Bampton also faced three counts of misconduct. She was also accused of engaging in private business where she sold liquor without the approval of the Magistrates commission at Karasburg. That same year in 2018, she also failed to pay the salary of her employee. In December 2017, she is said to have gotten into a physical altercation with a woman at a bar in Keetmanshoop before uttering insults at her. This, according to the high court judgement by Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula was done while she was intoxicated.
The appellant thereafter reportedly publicly announced that she is a magistrate and that no one could do anything to her as she herself was the law.
The fourth charge relates to an incident in which she reportedly presided over a matter of an accused who was her boyfriend’s friend. It is further alleged that she personally paid for the N$1 500 bail of the accused.
Her actions are said to have gone against the magistrate’s code of conduct and have such brought the administration of the justice and the magistracy into disrepute.
“The appellant was thus conflicted and should not have presided over the matter. By doing so, she contravened the provisions of the code of conduct for magistrates,” Judge Angula found.
Government Attorney Freddy Kadhila represented the Magistrates’s Commission and its chairperson. Mbushandje Ntinda, of the Sisa Namandje law firm represented Bampton.