Mogoeng Mogoeng: #Africa4Palestine accepts ‘forced’ apology

Human rights organisation #Africa4Palestine has accepted former Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s “forced by the law apology” pro-Israel remarks .
Mogoeng, who previously vowed that he will not apologise for his remarks made the apology just hours before the 10 day deadline set by the Judicial Conduct Committee on Thursday, 3 February 2022.

#AFRICA4PALESTINE: ‘MOGOENG MOGOENG’S APOLOGY A LANDMARK’

The human rights organisation said the apology is even more significant given that he was compelled.

“He was forced, kicking and screaming to the apology table. We see this as a victory over fanaticism and ego. We see this as a victory for the rule of law and an indication of the strength of our judiciary. It is a landmark apology which shows that even the Chief Justice is not above the law. It is a good day for the South African judiciary.
“This is indeed a victory for Palestinian activists. The message is clear, South Africa and South Africans are in support of international law and human rights, and to suggest otherwise is incorrect,” the organisation said.
#Africa4Palestine statement

WHAT LANDED THE FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE IN HOT WATER?

During a webinar that was hosted by The Jerusalem Post back in 2020, when Mogoeng was still the head of the Constitutional Court lamented South Africa’s current stance on the Israel-Palestine matter and called for a more balanced approach, to enable greater change in the debate.

“We would do well to reflect on the objectivity involved in adopting a particular attitude towards a particular country that has not taken as much and unjustly from South Africa and Africa as other nations that we consider it to be an honour to have diplomatic relations with us.”
Mogoeng Mogoeng

The remark was met with backlash and he was reported to the Judicial Conduct Committee, which found him guilty and ordered him to apologise.
He challenged the ruling with the Judicial Conduct Appeals Committee – which ruled against him – finding that Mogoeng breached the Judicial Code of Conduct by involving himself in matters that caused political controversy.

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