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Mpofu’s conduct during chief justice interviews must be ...

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Mpofu’s conduct during chief justice interviews must be investigated

Dali Mpofu’s behaviour has brought the legal profession, which already lacks the public’s trust, into disrepute

Editorial

Criticism has continued to mount against the conduct of the Judicial Service Commission in the wake of the often shambolic interview process for the vital position of chief justice.

While much of that criticism has been levelled at EFF leader Julius Malema, the bulk of the complaints have fallen at the door of Adv Dali Mpofu SC. In the case of the latter, calls have been made for him to be removed from the JSC due to his conduct, which one group said was unbecoming of a legal professional.

Mpofu has been taken to task publicly for the questions asked of candidates nominated for the chief justice position last week. Particular reference has been made to a question he asked Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo about “rumours” of sexual harassment. The questions were eventually disallowed and ruled as expunged from the record by JSC chair and Supreme Court of Appeal deputy president Xola Petse...

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