ANC: Mogoeng's apparent support of apartheid Israel of grave concern

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was interviewed by the Jerusalem Post during an online interview recently.

FILE: Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivering the 17th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto Campus on 23 November 2019. Picture: @NelsonMandela/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) said that it was concerned about statements made by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng expressing his apparent support for apartheid Israel.

Mogoeng was interviewed by the _Jerusalem Post _during an online interview recently.

"As a citizen of our great country, we are denying ourselves a wonderful opportunity of being a game-changer in the Israeli-Palestinian situation. We know what it means to be at loggerheads, a nation at war with itself," Mogoeng was quoted as saying by the publication.

“The forgiveness that was demonstrated, the understanding and big heart displayed by President Nelson Mandela and we, the people of South Africa, is an asset we must use around the world to bring peace when there is no peace and to mediate effectively based on rich experience,” he added.

More than six years ago the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions South Africa movement was formed opposing the apartheid Israel, calling for the boycott on certain retailers who imported products from Isreal.

The ANC said that it was unfortunate that the Chief Justice made these statements, entering political commentary.

The party said that Mogoeng supported the actions of the state of Israel, actions condemned by the United Nations Security Council.


Meanwhile, human rights organisation, Africa4Palestine, plans to lay a complaint with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) against Mogoeng over comments.

Africa4Palestine said in a statement that it was in the process of consulting its lawyers with a view to laying a complaint against the Chief Justice.

"It is regrettable that the Chief Justice has publicly entered the Israeli-Palestinian issue on the side of the oppressors – the Israeli regime," the organisation said.

It added: "We are particularly concerned since there is a current matter in front of the Constitutional Court between Cosatu and the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, involving the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

"The Chief Justice having participated in such an overtly political event hosted by the Jerusalem Post and the Chief Rabbi, when this matter is in front of his court, is considered improper at worst or highly questionable in the very least."

At the same time, the Royal House of Mandela also called on Mogoeng to retract his statements, calling them a betrayal of Madiba’s legacy.

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