Dali Mpofu’s outrageous outburst in yelling at Michelle le Roux to “shut up” during the hearing of the state capture commission on March 23 would be egregious enough were it merely directed at his opposing counsel.

But the significance of his antics, and that of some other lawyers who have appeared before the commission, evinces a disregard for the Zondo commission itself and the broader judicial system. A judicial commission of inquiry is a creature of the constitution, appointed by the president in terms of powers granted by the constitution. It demands the same respect as the courts.    ..

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