Mogoeng defends Masipa, Traverso rulings

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has defended decisions made by two judges in recent high-profile trials, news channel eNCA reported on Monday.

Judges Thokozile Masipa and Jeanette Traverso faced criticism and even death threats after they acquitted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius and British businessman Shrien Dewani, respectively, of murder.

Mogoeng told the broadcaster he thought it was vicious, adding that judges can be criticised, but that there is a line which shouldn't be crossed. It shouldn't be personal, he told eNCA. 

Mogoeng also defended Judge President John Hlope's imminent marriage to a junior judge, saying he doubted Hlophe would give her preferential treatment.

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