- Archbishop Thabo Makgoba called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to stop the attacks on the judiciary
- Makgoba referred to the backlash Judge Dhaya Pillay received after issuing a warrant of arrest for Jacob Zuma
- The Archbishop warned SA would "descend into chaos" should judges continue to be disrespected
On Monday, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba warned the South African head of state that all hell would break loose should judges continue to be disrespected.
“Mr President, if judges are not respected in SA, we're going to descend into chaos.”
Makgoba called on Ramaphosa to use the Sona to “send a clear signal that attacks on judges have to stop”, TimesLIVE reported.
The Archbishop referred to the backlash high court judge Dhaya Pillay received for issuing a warrant of arrest for Jacob Zuma.
Briefly.co.za previously reported the former President's son, Edward Zuma, expressed anger and disgust, agreeing that a plot to destroy his father was underfoot. Edward questioned Judge Dhaya Pillay's decision to doubt the sick note, insisting it had been malicious.
Makgoba told Ramaphosa not to speak as the leader of the ANC but the President of South Africa on Thursday at the State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The religious leader said:
“I appeal to you, out of respect for the constitution and the rule of law, please send a clear signal that attacks on judges have to stop. It would give confidence to the judges that they can do their jobs without interference, and it would give confidence to all of us."
Makgoba added it was pivotal for SA's future that "we keep out hands off the judicial system". He added Mzansi's court have to be shown respect and the NPA should be able to fulfill its duties without being rushed to ensure accurate convictions.
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