- Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been trending since he made remarks seemingly in support of "Apartheid Israel"
- Mogoeng has been slammed by the governing party for his remarks
- Mandla Mandela, the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, has asked Mogoeng to step down if he stands by his comments
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has come under after making remarks that appear to be in support of "Apartheid Israel."
Mogoeng took part in a virtual discussion with South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein and the Jerusalem Times publications's editor-in-chief Yaakov Katz, discussing global racial tensions.
During a webinar, Mogoeng said that South Africa's history of forgiveness and understanding should inform its approach to peacemaking towards the Israel-Palestinian conflict, reported Jacarandafm.
"I think as a citizen of this country, we are denying ourselves a wonderful opportunity of being game-changers in the Israeli-Palestinian situation. We know what it means to be at loggerheads, to be a nation at war with itself."
The ANC issued a statement condemning the remarks made by the Chief Justice who also quoted some Bible scriptures in his talk.
Meanwhile, Mogoeng has also come under fire from the Royal House of Mandela, which on Friday asked him to retract his statement, said IOL.
Member of Parliament and the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, said:
"We call on Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to retract statements attributed to him by Jerusalem Times (The Jerusalem Post) supporting apartheid Israel. We request him to uphold Madiba's legacy of standing for human rights and unreservedly supporting the struggle of oppressed peoples and those living under occupation all over the world."
Mandela added that his grandfather's support for the struggle of Palestinian people living for 72 years under apartheid Israel's occupation was unequivocal and the gravity of their struggle has been memorialised.
Mandla added that the sentiments of the Chief Justice are also ill-timed as Israel, with the support of President Donald Trump, is moving to "annex the West Bank and wipe what remains of historic Palestine from the map".
The Chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council added that if Mogoeng indeed believes in his support for "Apartheid Israel" then he should do the honourable thing and step down from his position as the ultimate arbiter of justice in the country.
The ANC said Chief Justice Mogoeng has sought to turn the matter of the rights of the people of Palestine into a religious argument, which it is not.
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