Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will appeal against a resolution by the Judicial Behavior Committee (JCC) which ordered him to apologise for, and capture, skilled-Israel comments he made for the length of a webinar in June last yr.
“The chief justice … has signified his blueprint to appeal the resolution … The JCC will in the end resolve the date on which the appeal would be heard by at the very least three of its individuals,” the JCC acknowledged in a assertion on Sunday.
This after the JCC came steady by Mogoeng guilty and ordered him to apologise unconditionally for turning into all for political controversy by his utterances in the online seminar hosted by The Jerusalem Post on June 23 2020.
The committee further ordered Mogoeng to unreservedly capture and withdraw a assertion he uttered after a public outcry over his preliminary comments.
An NGO, Africa 4 Palestine, the SA Boycott Disinvestments and Sanctions Coalition (SA BDS Coalition) and the Durban-based mostly totally mostly Ladies’s Cultural Community (WCG) complained individually to the Judicial Provider Commission about Mogoeng’s comments in July.
The Sunday Times reported in June last yr that, in his webinar comments, Mogoeng appeared to defective his skilled-Israel stance on passages from the Bible.
“The first verse I give is in Psalms 122, verse 6, which says: ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that enjoy thee,'” Mogoeng acknowledged.
“Additionally Genesis 12, verses 1 to 3, says to me as a Christian, if I curse Abraham and Israel, the Almighty God will curse me too.
“So, I’m under an duty as a Christian to enjoy Israel, to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, which genuinely design the peace of Israel. I will’t, as a Christian, enact the relaxation other than enjoy and pray for Israel resulting from I do know hatred for Israel by me and my nation can finest appeal to unparalleled curses upon our nation,” the chief justice acknowledged.
“I contemplate as a citizen of this country, we’re denying ourselves a phenomenal different of being sport-changers in the Israeli-Palestinian teach. All and sundry is aware of what it design to be at loggerheads, to be a nation at battle with itself.”
The JCC ordered Mogoeng to apologise within the next 10 days at a assembly of serving justices of the Constitutional Court, and commence a reproduction of the apology under his signature to the space of enterprise of the chief justice and to the media in the not new formulation by which the Constitutional Court and the OCJ teach media releases.
The JCC acknowledged it would in the end resolve the date on which the appeal would be heard by at the very least three of its individuals.
Participants of the JCC who are eligible to hear the appeal are deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo and justices D H Zondi, N Dambuza and M Victor.
The organisation #Africa4Palestine expressed its disappointment at Mogoeng’s resolution to appeal.
“We are assured that the appeals process wil lead to the identical conclusion – that the Chief Justice might perchance presumably beget to capture and apologise for his skilled-Israel and anti-Palestine comments…
“As beforehand indicated, #Africa4Palestine has formally written to the Chief Justice requesting a assembly. To date, the Chief Justice has neither acknowledged nor responded to this inquire of of engagement, nonetheless, our provide to meet and dialogue stays commence,” it acknowledged in a assertion.