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".

  • Phaedioux - 2011-09-03 22:19

    I reckon that three-and-a-half hours is sufficient time to form a relationship and a good understanding of each other?

      William - 2011-09-03 22:45

      You cannot appoint a person you do not know!!!. This is a done every where in the world.

      Sedick - 2011-09-04 03:07

      Enough time to discuss past, current and future corruption cases?.......And the Anti-Cadre Corruption Exposure Bill..AKA Info Bill.........

      So What If.. - 2011-09-04 08:12

      Three hours are more than enough to form a corrupt relationship! Sort of I wash yours and you mine...

  • Bill - 2011-09-03 22:21


  • jbjoe - 2011-09-03 22:46

    "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"

      Jan - 2011-09-04 07:15


  • Philip - 2011-09-03 23:03

    Mogoeng will trip up. He does not do well under pressure, and somewhere along the way he's going to forget what he actually said when asked to clarify a point, and will once again show arogance. He is not comfortable in his own skin. When someone is comfortable in their abilities, they excude confidence. This he does not do. Must say that I am impressed with the "transparent" process that is happening in trying to establish the ability of a person recommended for high office. It's the true Democratic way. Interesting times ahead....

  • Deset Rat - 2011-09-03 23:03

    I think he does protest too much?

      grant9 - 2011-09-04 06:41

      I think in this instance he was just answering questions.

      OZNOB - 2011-09-04 15:41

      he who protests too much is surely guilty

  • Macho Mike - 2011-09-03 23:06

    Mogoeng 'has no relationship with Zuma' Is that bacause he is not a she, and so because he only likes she's, she has no chance with he, because he is not liking he's? But maybe if Mogoeng his name was Caster, then maybe he would have been able to have a relationship with Mr Zuma, because he would in fact be she, and so she could be with he. Eish, like the ANC, this she is very confusing.

  • Philip - 2011-09-03 23:07

    Oops! It's arrogance.

  • leonard - 2011-09-03 23:49

    Who to believe?For a state president to appoint someone to such a high position without really having met him sounds a little rich.Whom in judicial circles was ever approached by Zuma and consulted on the abilities and legal knowledge of Mogoe?How did Zuma select Mogoe in the first place?The questions are endless and unanswered.

      FartaWorks - 2011-09-04 01:54

      Yep, it’s all smoke and mirrors in typical ANC fashion. He may not have a “relationship” with Zuma, but Zuma’s advisors have a close relationship with Moegoe… Therein lies the difference.

  • Jou - 2011-09-04 01:12

    yeah right!!!!!!!

      leonard - 2011-09-04 07:16

      @Jou After having slept on the matter and seeing your "highly intelligent"remark this morning,what springs to mind is "The blind leading the blind".Zuma`s silence on this matter as with most other things is truely deafening.The cadres have been brainwashed beyond redemption.We should all be very afraid.

  • derkus - 2011-09-04 02:48

    Mogoeng ia a Mogoe

      OZNOB - 2011-09-04 07:19

      WELL it would appear that both mogoeng and zuma are suited for each other as they are both known for making the wrong decisions , they are functionally illiterate they not like reading and they get annoyed when other people use big words that makes them use a dictionary and they have not produced any major work

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