Mogoeng Mogoeng: Chief Justice Steps Down as UKZN Chancellor

Mogoeng Mogoeng: Chief Justice Steps Down as UKZN Chancellor

- Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has reportedly 'withdrawn' from his position as Chancellor at UKZN

- The Chief Justice served as Chancellor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal since August 2017

- Reports say that the Chief Justice had just four months left of his term as Chancellor at the University

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has stepped down from his chancellorship at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, just four months before the end of his term. In an email addressed to staff and students Chair of Council Dr Leticia Moja confirmed the news.

Mogoeng was elected by the University Council before being appointed as UKZN's Chancellor almost four years ago. The Chief Justice was the third person to fill the position as UKZN's Chancellor.

The University stated that it will immediately begin the process of appointing someone to replace the Chief Justice. In the meantime, Vice-Chancellor Prof Nana Poku will perform the duties as Chancellor.

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng steps down from UKZN chancellor
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has withdrawn from his position as Chancellor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Image: RODGER BOSCH/AFP
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According to TimesLIVE, a statement from the university thanked the Chief Justice for his service to UKZN. It made special mention of Mogoeng serving as a 'sounding board' for the vice-chancellor.

The Witness reported that a call for nominations will be made before Council elects someone to replace the Chief Justice as the fourth chancellor of UKZN. This will be done in June of this year at the council meeting.

There has been no reasoning given for the Chief Justice's decision to withdraw from the position.

In other news about the Chief Justice, recently reported that Human rights organisation Africa4Palestine said 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.

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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.

This follows news that 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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