Mogoeng 'has no relationship with Zuma'

2011-09-03 22:03

Cape Town - Chief justice nominee Mogoeng Mogoeng says he has "no relationship whatsoever" with President Jacob Zuma.

Mogoeng said in an interview with the Judicial Services Commission that he had once been invited to private meeting with Zuma.

"My position was what harm does it do," he said.

"We spent about three hours, three-and-a-half hours together.

"He did not take my numbers. I did not take his."

"I have no relationship whatsoever with President Jacob Zuma."

Four meetings

Mogoeng said he had met Zuma four times in total of which they spoke twice.

The last time they met was the president's official residence when Zuma asked him to accept the nomination.

On suggestions from certain quarters that his appointment could indicate a "corrosion of the separation of powers" Mogoeng said he had for example found against the ANC, against the premier of the North West and other government departments.

"You don't do that when you are beholden to the executive," he said.

He said his track record as a judge belies any suggestion that would be used to "blur the line between the different arms of government".

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