- Dali Mpofu is under investigation by the General Council of the Bar for his "shut up" comment
- The Bar Council will investigate Mpofu on the grounds of professional misconduct
- The incident took place when Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan appeared before the Zondo Commission on Wednesday, 23 March
The Johannesburg Bar Council is launching a probe into allegations that Advocate Dali Mpofu SC told one of his colleagues to "shut up".
This follows a complaint lodged with the council which is part of the General Council of the Bar (GCB). He will be investigated for professional misconduct.
The Johannesburg Society of Advocates' professional committee would investigate the complaint lodged against Mpofu according to GCB chairperson Craig Watt-Pringle SC according to Sowetan Live.
Mpofu will be given the chance to give his side of the story and defend himself against the allegations according to News24.
The incident took place on Wednesday when Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan appeared before the Zondo Commission on Tuesday, 23 March. The session was chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and Advocate Dali Mpofu represented former SARS' Commissioner Tom Moyane.
The session concluded on a heated note as Mpofu was heard yelling "shut up" at Michelle le Roux, who represented Gordhan. Gordhan had answered a question about allegations of racism earlier and Le Roux brought it up again.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has spoken out about the heated end to the State Capture Commission's session involving Pravin Gordhan's legal team and Dali Mpofu. Mpofu told Michelle le Roux to "shut up" during the session.
Zondo has condemned the conduct on Mpofu's side saying that it is "unacceptable". Zondo reiterated that it was his right to allow a person to speak and to tell those who are speaking, that they've said enough.
Zondo said he also has the right to tell those at the Commission to sit down if necessary. Once more, Zondo stated that Tuesday's conduct at the Commission was not acceptable.
In other news, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi made an application in the Constitutional Court on behalf of the Zondo Commission against former president Jacob Zuma. Ngcukaitobi said that Msholozi was attempting to avoid accountability on serious allegations.
Ngcukaitobi revealed that the Commission wants Zuma to be punished for disobeying the Constitutional Court adding that this was more important than the former president appearing before the Commission.
The Constitutional Court heard Ngcukaitobi's application on Thursday, 25 March.
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