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Malema says Chief Justice Raymond Zondo thinks Judges are untouchable

Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) leader Julius Malema, addresses members of the media at the party's headquarters in Marshalltown.Picture: Itumeleng English/Africa News Agency (ANA)

Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) leader Julius Malema, addresses members of the media at the party's headquarters in Marshalltown.Picture: Itumeleng English/Africa News Agency (ANA)

Published May 16, 2022

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EFF leader Julius Malema said the party is fully behind ANC NEC member Tony Yengeni in lodging a complaint against Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Malema said he does not understand why Zondo is currently descending into a political arena as a judge.

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Malema said he feels that his conduct in a statement he made,,, “the election of President Cyril Ramaphosa as the ANC president was saving the country from more damage”.

Yengeni wrote to the Judicial Commission Service in his personal capacity where he lambasted Zondo of political meddling in his fourth part of the Zondo Commission report.

In the fourth part of the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Zondo, who chaired the commission, said more damage could have been done if Ramaphosa was not elected.

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“We are fully behind Yengeni, we think Zondo is too forward and has no limit, he thinks that judges are unthinkable, that is why he has given himself a responsibility to enter even political terrain,” said Malema.

He further said “What would judges have to do or say with regard to the outcomes of political conferences of political parties? Judges must know the limit and Zondo has got no limit”.

Malema said for some reason, he feels like Zondo wanted to be a presenter during the time of SABC1 programme called Simunye, because he never misses an opportunity to go on television.

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“We know judges to be speaking through judgements and not to be looking forward to television interviews. When you get out of court and you speak as a judge you must know you are no longer my Lord, you are just a human being.

Judges are respected for their judgements not for their political views or activities, Zondo is a factionalist that support Ramaphosa’s second term that is why he saw it necessary for him to say his elections rescued us, he is effectively saying that if they don’t elect Ramaphosa in the ANC conference in December we are going to be in trouble.” Malema said.

Malema called on the conduct committee of the JSC to discipline Zondo the same way they did with former Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

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“Yengeni must be commended for being brave and taking such a bold step against a celebrity-wanna-be chief justice,” Malema said.

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