Judges' free speech curbed so that others might have it

07 March 2021 - 00:00 By Sunday Times Editorial

Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is known for shooting from the hip, often infusing his eccentric views with biblical authority. His remarks about the Covid-19 vaccine were pilloried for their ignorance as much as for the poor example set by a person in high office.

Now it seems Mogoeng's days of blowing off in the wind may be over. A scathing 67-page report of the Judicial Conduct Committee, signed off by judge Phineas Mojapelo, is a withering put-down of the chief justice's quixotic remarks on Israel and Palestine, made during a webinar last year sponsored by an Israeli newspaper...

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