A senior advocate said he was “shocked” at an order from Pretoria high court judge Mandlenkosi Motha to respond to his concerns that no African counsel were briefed in a matter argued before him. The order was “inappropriate and unbecoming the office of a judge”, the senior advocate said in a recent memorandum.

The racial makeup of the legal team “has got nothing whatsoever to do with the merits of the case”, the advocate wrote...

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