- The Institute of Race Relations has warned Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng against expressing his views
- The top official in the country was told his opinions on socio-political issues could compromise the judiciary
- EFF deputy Floyd Shivambu has blasted the IRR for interfering in Mogoeng's business
The Institute of Race Relations may have crossed the line with its warning to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
The IRR's John Kane-Berman cautioned the top judicial official, commenting that:
“No doubt many people are, but the question is whether the chief justice should permit himself the luxury of giving vent in a public lecture to powerful views on issues that may come before him when he sits as a judge. He himself warned in his Mandela lecture about the importance of making sure ‘that we don’t have a compromised judiciary’. Is he heeding his own warning?”
Mogoeng had told citizens that the judiciary held power to use the Constitution as an instrument in effecting transformation in South Africa, IOL reports.
The warning put forward by the IRR has earned itself a scathing retort from Floyd Shivambu:
"So after removing Mmusi Maimane as da leader, this nonsensical right-wing institute think they’re some demigods? Chief Justice has a democratic right to express his opinions. They’re complaining because his socio-political views question the property relations & white dominance."
Briefly.co.za reported that the IRR had been accused of interfering in politics when it endorsed Athol Trollip as the Democratic Alliance's 'saviour'.
Shortly after, Helen Zille had been elected as the opposition party's federal council chair, prompting both Mmusi Maimane and Herman Mashaba to leave the party.
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