Karyn Maughan | Hard to say I’m sorry: Mogoeng's apology ruling demands putting duty before faith

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has yet to decide whether he will appeal an unprecedented Judicial Service Commission ruling that he must apologise - in front of his Constitutional Court colleagues - for his "self-righteous"refusal to say sorry for his pro-Israel comments. Karyn Maughan considers the implications.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has yet to decide whether he will appeal an unprecedented Judicial Service Commission ruling that he must apologise - in front of his Constitutional Court colleagues - for his "self-righteous" refusal to say sorry for his pro-Israel comments. 

The scathing ruling given by Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo marks the first time in South African history that a chief justice, who leads the country's judiciary, has been found guilty of misconduct. But, perhaps more importantly, the decision demands that Mogoeng place his obligations as a judge before his deeply held beliefs as a Christian - a requirement that, given his past statements, he is unlikely to willingly accept. 

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