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Mogoeng impeachment bid dismissed

The Chief Justice was accused of contempt of court and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A bid to impeach Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been dismissed.

Institute for Accountability Director Paul Hoffman had laid a complaint with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) accusing Mogoeng of contempt of court and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Hoffman lodged the complaint because of a speech Mogoeng gave to the organisation, Advocates for Transformation, in July.

During the speech, the Chief Justice questioned critics who complained when a white male candidate was not recommended for appointment to the bench, while those who were appointed were described as "executive toys".

But the JSC has decided that the complaint against Mogoeng doesn't warrant impeachment.

Hoffman has been a long-running critic of Mogoeng and the JSC, saying it had behaved improperly by refusing to appoint advocate Jeremy Gauntlett as a judge.