Mogoeng to brief media on corruption allegations against judiciary

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and the leadership of the judiciary will brief the media on Friday.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday, the media briefing will address allegations of corruption levelled against the judiciary.

The Judiciary commits itself to the core values of integrity, impartiality, and transparency, as set out in the Judicial Norms and Standards.

Statement from the Judiciary.

The statement referred to the claims of corruption as “scurrilous.”

‘Judiciary is about to be captured’

In an interview with eNCA in August, Mogoeng denied claims that the judiciary is “captured” or about to be captured.

Among those who made the claims was Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema at a rally in June.

The judiciary is about to be captured, I’m warning you now and you’ll know, in the past five years, I’ve never misled you.

Julius Malema

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane also took aim at the judiciary recently.

She said its positions on Public Protector’s powers have changed “radically” since she assumed office.

CR17 claims on social media

Claims of judges allegedly receiving funds from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign have also surfaced on social media.

A list has circulated with names of the judges and the amounts they allegedly received.

On Monday, Pretoria High Court’s Judge President Dunstan Mlambo dismissed these claims as “fake news.”

Also included in the list is National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi.

Speaking to SABC News on Tuesday morning, she similarly dismissed the allegations as “utter rubbish.”

It’s a lie. I don’t know why people do this and I don’t want to speculate about it and I will not be distracted by it. I think these are tactics to try to distract you from doing your work.

Shamila Batohi

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