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Mogoeng calls on Ingonyama Trust chair Ngwenya stop calling himself a judge

Jerome Ngwenya was appointed as a judge in 2000 but he later resigned.

Jerome Ngwenya. Picture: www.ingonyamatrust.org.za

DURBAN - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has called on Ingonyama Trust chairperson Jerome Ngwenya to confirm in writing that he will stop referring to himself as a judge.

Ngwenya was appointed as a judge in 2000 but he later resigned.

In a statement, Mogoeng said that any individual who impersonated a judge as Ngwenya was doing could cause harm to the judiciary without facing adverse consequences for their actions.

Ngwenya tried to make a comeback as a judge this month but failed.

The Chief Justice said that Ngwenya therefore could not allow himself to be treated as though he was still a judge.

Mogoeng said that a person cannot be regarded as a judge once they resign from the judgeship.

This is different to a retired judge, who keeps the title for life.

However, despite this, Ngwenya is reportedly adamant that he will continue using the title until an official instruction.

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