- South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is set to take his long leave from the Judiciary soon
- The Chief Justice is going to be off-duty for three-and-a-half months as the leave is not transferable
- Mogoeng has come under fire for his comments on various issues in South Africa so a break is needed
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been granted long leave for his service in the Judiciary. In a statement by the Judiciary, it was confirmed that Mogoeng would be taking over three months of leave.
According to the Judiciary, judges are given long leave after every four years of service. It was also confirmed that had Mogoeng not taken his leave, it would have been forfeited, according to SABC News. Judge Sisi Khampepe has been appointed as the country’s Acting Chief Justice.
Judge Mogoeng has come under fire in the last few months because of his comments on the Covid-19 vaccine. He appealed against the Judicial Conduct Committee's finding of misconduct. Mogoeng had been ordered to apologise for criticising the country's foreign policy on Israel.
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It will not be Sisi Khampepe's first time holding down the fort for Mogoeng. She was appointed to take things over in the acting role in November 2019 as well.
Mogoeng is expected to end his role as South Africa's Chief Justice in October this year, according to a report by News24. The Chief Justice says that the leave is owed to him for his work.
In other political news, Briefly News reported that SA is on high alert due to new Covid-19 variants and MAC members are fearful.
South Africans might've thought that the Covid-19 situation had subsided a bit due to fewer cases being reported but now the nation is on high alert once again. The Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) is concerned about the variant of the virus found in India.
The committee is worried about the variant from India arriving in South Africa to cause havoc, according to a report by News24.
"If the variant is a mutation and it comes here, it will transmit very quickly. I think we are really opening a can of worms," said a MAC insider.
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