Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is not the first judge in the world to get himself entangled in politics. It rarely ends well.

In the US, for example, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg got herself into a mess in 2016 by describing Donald Trump, the future president, as a “faker” and questioning, among other things, his lack of consistency and failure to turn over his tax returns...

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