Ever since reports surfaced that he had allegedly made “pro-Israel” comments in a recent webinar with chief rabbi Warren Goldstein, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been pilloried and condemned the length and breadth of the country. There is now even a concerted political campaign under way to remove him from office altogether.  

What is it exactly that Mogoeng said that has attracted such vociferous criticism? And is there any weight to the accusation that in saying what he did compromised the neutrality of the bench by straying into political territory?..

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