Accusations by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete that some judges were biased were deeply concerning and could hurt the country's constitutional democracy, the Office of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said yesterday. Mogoeng's office was responding to comments by Mbete, who is also ANC national chairman, during an interview with The Times in which she accused "some judges" of taking sides against ANC litigants in court cases involving them. Although Mbete has previously commented on judicial "overreach", this is the first time she has directly accused "some judges" of being prejudiced against the ANC. Mbete said she had raised similar concerns during a meeting attended by her National Council of Provinces counterpart Thandi Modise, President Jacob Zuma and Mogoeng in Cape Town at the end of 2015. The four met as leaders of the three arms of the state - parliament, the judiciary and executive. She said "one grave matter of concern" she spoke about at the meeting was that there we...

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