Here, seemingly plaintive words: “I watched the proceedings of the court on 28 December 2020 in which I was addressed in very unkind words, labelled ‘accused number 1’ at the commission by the commission lawyers, a defiant against the authority of the commission.”

These are the words of our former president addressing then chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in unprecedented form — by letter — to refuse the court’s directive that he file an affidavit about his contempt of court matter...

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