Former South African Constitutional Court chief apologizes for calling for support for Israel

The former president of South Africa’s Constitutional Court, Mogoeng Mogoeng, has apologized for comments he made last year in which he criticized his country’s policy of supporting the rights of the Palestinian people, and urged it to support Israel.

Mogoing apologized in a statement issued Thursday, nearly a year after an order was issued to apologize for getting himself into a political controversy by criticizing Pretoria’s policy toward Israel and proposing changes to it.

“By law, I am now obligated to apologize without conditions,” the judge, who retired last year, said in the statement.

And in June 2020, Mogoeng said – during a conference organized by the Israeli newspaper “Jerusalem Post” – that South Africa had deprived itself of a “wonderful opportunity to change the rules of the game in the Israeli-Palestinian situation.”

Following a complaint against him, the South African Judicial Conduct Commission opened an investigation into Mogoeng’s statements, and the commission concluded that his statements were “offensive”, and that he had been involved in “extrajudicial activities”, and ordered him to apologize, but he appealed this decision before finally deciding to apologise. his statements.

In previous years, South Africa took positions in support of the Palestinian cause, and last year it reduced the level of its diplomatic representation in Tel Aviv to a liaison office.

The former head of the South African Constitutional Court also faced severe criticism when he publicly prayed in December 2020 against the vaccines against the Corona virus, which he described as “satanic”, praying to God to “destroy them with fire.”

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