The Pretoria Society of Advocates has written to the General Council of the Bar (GCB) to call for the recall of advocate Dali Mpofu SC as a commissioner on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
This comes after a number of prominent figures in the country raised their concerns on how the Chief Justice interviews were conducted. Mpofu is said to have brought the advocates’ profession into disrepute for his conduct.
PRETORIA SOCIETY OF ADVOCATES CALLS FOR MPOFU TO BE RECALLED
The Pretoria Society of Advocates, commonly known as the Pretoria Bar, is a voluntary association of advocates affiliated with a number of other Bars in the General Council of the Bar of South Africa.
According to News24, the letter dated 7 February 2022, was signed by the Pretoria Society of Advocates’ chairperson, advocate DM Leathern SC. The constituent bar of the GCB called on the organisation “to do whatever is necessary to recall Mpofu SC.”
The Pretoria Society of Advocates said Mpofu “descended into character assassination” during the interview of Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, when an allegation/rumour of sexual harassment was brought up.
The General Council of the Bar body also said that Mpofu had brought the body and the profession, in general, into disrepute.
In the letter, the Pretoria Society of Advocates said the political activities and allegiances of Mpofu SC are well-known.
“As a commissioner representing the GCB, in particular, and the profession, in general, his duty is not to promote his political views, but rather the interests of the profession and to do so in a respectful, dignified, objective and professional manner. In this, Mpofu SC has fallen short.”
Pretoria Society of Advocates
WHAT DID DALI MPOFU SAY DURING JSC INTERVIEWS?
The Chief Justice interviews took a bit of a dark turn when Advocate Dali Mpofu and Julius Malema asked Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo to clear the air about rumours of him sexually harassing women, including judges.
Mpofu, who pointed out that he and Judge Mlambo had spoken about the rumour at some stage, posed the question to him first, noting that if true, such a claim would be an embarrassment to the judiciary and even warrant an impeachment.
Malema asked about sexual favours being supposed asked from women, in exchange for sitting as acting judges in the Gauteng Division of the High Court.
The two received backlash from South Africans and politicians who slammed them for their question, especially since they caught Mlambo off guard.