The state has confirmed that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has taken long leave, which came into effect at the beginning of the month.
The government took to Twitter on Friday, 7 May 2021, to confirm that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is currently on leave. The statement issued stipulated that his leave came into effect on Saturday, 1 May 2021. The Chief Justice’s long leave became topical when it was suggested that it was either not voluntary, or was the first action towards removing him from his office.
Mogoeng recently captured headlines for his inflammatory stance on the COVID-19 vaccine. Mogoeng suggested that he is opposed to the use of the vaccine as it may have satanic connotations. His utterances came when the government had just started introducing the idea of the vaccine to the public.
The statement, however, did not stipulate when exactly he is set to return. It read, “The Chief Justice’s four-year cycle to take his long leave commenced on 01 July 2018 but he was unable to take it due to his judicial and extra judicial commitments.” Adding, “It is a normal practice in the Judiciary for Judges to take their leave whenever it is due. The Chief Justice’s long leave was due and he has duly taken it.”
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