The Pretoria society of advocates wrote to the general council of the bar (GCB) calling for Mpofu’s removal over his code at the JSC justice interviews.  Attorney Dali Mphofu has reacted angrily to insults directed during the judicial services commission interviews, claming that they are unacceptable.

Mphofu’s profession as a member of the JSC panel has been questioned over a week, with many parties demanding for his removal. The JSC recommended president Cyril Ramaphosa appoints Supreme Court of appeal judge president Mandisa Maya to the job after the interviews for the chief justice position took place last week.

Acting chief justice Raymond Zondo, Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo, and constitutional court justice Mbuyiseli Madlangwa were among the judges’ interviews. Mpofu told 702 that constructive criticisms is accepted but that insults are not, ‘’ criticism is good,’’ Mpofu remarked, ‘’ but some individuals have gone beyond and have started slinging insults, which is obviously undesirable.

Mpofu denied having an agenda as an advocate and former EFF chairperson to sabotage the other judge’s campaigns while protecting Maya, after asking Mlambo to clear the air on sexual harassment rumours, the refuted reports that the he had asked an inappropriate question during an interview.

The society was particularly concerned about Mpofu’s conduct and ‘’unacceptable’’ performance during the interview according to the society.  Due to inquiries into his conduct for asking a colleague and client to shut up during the state capture inquiry, freedom under law claimed Mpofu should not have been permitted to participate in the proceeding.Julius Malema was also asked to leave the panel ‘’ a candidate facing a misconduct charge should not be considerd for appointment, according to the JSC’s long standing policy’’. The JSC on the other hand allows two members who are now facing misconduct charges to participate.

By: Khensani Khoza.

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