Karyn Maughan | Zondo vs Sisulu: There are times judges should remain silent. This isn't one of them

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President Cyril Ramphosa and minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Photo: GCIS
President Cyril Ramphosa and minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Photo: GCIS

Judges in South Africa routinely face baseless accusations from those they rule against. But, Karyn Maughan writes, Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu's comparison of black judges to "house Negroes” crossed a democracy-threatening line – and demanded a response.

On 8 July 2015, then Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng had a truly extraordinary press conference. 

Flanked by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Supreme Court President Lex Mpati, Mogoeng announced to the media that he would meet with then-president Jacob Zuma to discuss what he described as "unfair attacks on the courts".

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