“And I cannot as a Christian do anything other than love and pray for Israel because I know hatred for Israel by me and for my nation will, can only attract unprecedented curses upon our nation.”
Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been given 10 days to apologise for, and retract for his pro-Israel comments he made during a webinar in June last year.
Judge Phineas Mojapelo has directed that Justice Mogoeng issue an apology and retraction, following the complain that was laid separately to the Judicial Service Commission about Mogoeng’s comments in July by NGO, Africa 4 Palestine, the SA Boycott Disinvestments and Sanctions Coalition (SA BDS Coalition) and a Durban-based Women’s Cultural Group (WCG)
“So, whatever I have to say should not be misunderstood as an attempt to say the policy direction taken by my country in terms of their constitutional responsibilities is not binding on me. But just as a citizen, any citizen is entitled to criticise the laws and the policies of SA or even suggest that changes are necessary, and that’s where I come from,” he said.
JCC says Mogoeng failed to respect the separation of power in contravention of the Code; he got himself involved in extrajudicial activities which are incompatible with the confidence in and the impartiality of judges and accuse him of using the prestige of judicial office to advance the private interest of the judge or others.
Mogoeng is within his right to say whatver he believes as long he is not making a judgment on it based on his personal belief. If he don't apologize or retract his statement, he will have to
wait what Judicial Conduct Committe will do to him and he will take it from there.
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