- Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has reportedly declined to have a meeting with human rights organisation Africa4Palestine
- The organisation offered to meet with Mogoeng with regards to his pro-Israel remarks made last year
- Africa4Palestine expressed their frustrations about Mogoeng meeting with Israeli organisations but no local organisations
Human rights organisation Africa4Palestine said that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng declined to meet with them. The organisation reportedly asked to speak with the Chief Justice to speak about his pro-Israel remarks.
They reportedly received a short email stating that the Chief Justice was unavailable for any meeting. Africa4Palestine expressed their frustration by stating that Mogoeng had met with Israeli organisations previously but refuses to have the same mindset for local organisations.
Africa4Palestine offered to meet with Mogoeng after the Judicial Conduct Committee ruled that the Chief Justice should apologise for his remarks of pledging his love for Israel due to religious reasons.
News24 reported that various organisations had laid complaints against Mogoeng for his comments made during a webinar last year, stating that the remarks were 'political'. Many have been in support of the Chief Justice.
The African Christian Democratic Party recently held a prayer session in support of Mogoeng, saying that he has religious freedom and a right to religious expression.
A report by The South African stated that Africa4Palestine said they trust Mogoeng will eventually adhere to the JCC decision for him to apologise. Its legal team has advised the organisation to stay confident that the ruling will be upheld.
Mogoeng is reportedly appealing the ruling that he should apologise for his remarks.
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Mogoeng was ordered to apologise for his comments by the JCC. The Chief Justice made the comments during a webinar entitled 'Two Chiefs, One Mission: Confronting Apartheid' last year.
The Chief Justice mentioned during the webinar that due to his religion he had an 'obligation' to love Israel and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Mogoeng is known for his strong Christian faith and beliefs.
Various complaints were made against Mogoeng following the webinar last year by different organisations. Mogeong had been given 10 days to apologise. A report by TimesLIVE stated that Mogoeng also cited Bible scripture.
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