Some good, some bad: Mogoeng Mogoeng’s mixed legacy

In his later years Mogoeng Mogoeng seemed to retreat from the fray — at a time when leadership of an embattled judiciary was sorely needed, writes Franny Rabkin in part four of her series on the former chief justice

07 November 2021 - 00:00 By Franny Rabkin

In May 2020, the final episode of  Zooming with the Zumas, a YouTube dialogue between former president Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane, was aired. In it, Zuma made a startling claim. He said — with not a shred of evidence — that there were judges who had “unfortunately pronounced that ‘Zuma will never win a case in my court’ ”. 

He was, he said, being treated by the courts of a democratic SA the way he had been treated by apartheid’s courts...

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