It has to be said loud and clear and without any equivocation that the judiciary should not in any way be involved in the cut and thrust of politics or mudslinging of any sort. To fulfil its role as an independent arbiter in a rumbustious democracy such as we have, the institution has to be ring-fenced or quarantined from such conflicts.

This is a message that the chief justice especially needs to take to heart. The independence of the judiciary is in his hands, and it is in his remit that he should guard it with his life.

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