JOHANNESBURG - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Friday condemned offensive comments and attacks against South African judges, especially women.
"Even if it were to be proven that a particular judge was wrong in a particular judgment, all responsible South Africans would have to do is to criticise that judgment based on their points of disagreement with it. It ought not happen on any of us to mock judges, particularly female judges in this era where people seem to think that it is open for them to treat women as they please. Regardless of who the attacker is, we are against attacks on women and all our colleagues," he said.
This comes after EFF leader Julius Malema labelled judges "traumatised and old" during a Women's Day commemoration last month in the Northern Cape.
Malema told party supporters that "education must be free of charge so a girl child can be educated and become a confident judge tomorrow so that we get rid of incompetent judges who are threatened by politicians that appear before them".
He said his party would "take up arms" if judges tailored their rules according to who appeared before them in the courts.