Constitutional law scholar weighs in on Mogoeng statements

Constitutional Court scholar Professor Pierre de Vos spoke with eNCA's Jeremy Maggs. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos says it could be argued Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has brought the judiciary into disrepute.

Mogoeng has courted another controversy through a prayer which called for God to destroy any vaccine meant to "infuse the mark of the antichrist symbol, 666" in the lives of people.

On Friday, he defended that position in an extraordinary briefing.

READ: Chief Justice stands by 666 remarks 

He said he will not compromise his religion for anyone but De Vos says that's not how a Constitutional Court judge should behave.

De Vos said, "the Judicial Code of Ethics doesn't say anything specific about this matter, it does say, however, that a judge should be circumspect in the way the judge behaves in public and the judge should behave in such a way that he does not bring the judiciary into disrepute."

"If you're going to say strange things that seem to suggest that there might be truth to some conspiracy theories, you can argue that point. There is a possibility that it infringes the code."


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