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Dali Mpofu convicted by Stratcom, but cleared by law body

by Staff reporter
25 Jun 2022 at 19:31hrs | Views
Advocate Dali Mpofu SC has been cleared of a misconduct charge for his 'shut comment' made at the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture.

Mpofu was investigated by the Legal Practice Council (LPC) – which regulates the conduct of legal practitioners – regarding his conduct at the commission in March 2021.

Proceedings became heated at the time when Mpofu, who cross-examined Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, told advocate Michelle le Roux, acting on behalf of the minister, to "shut up".

Mpofu also interrupted Chief Justice Raymond Zondo – who labelled his behaviour as "unacceptable" and "disrespectful" – when he attempted to control the proceedings.

The LPC previously concluded that Mpofu interrupted Zondo on numerous occasions and "did not uphold the accepted decorum in court".

The council also recommended that Mpofu be charged with professional misconduct.

LPC spokesperson Kabelo Letebele told City Press that Mpofu has since been found not guilty of contravening the council's code of conduct.

According to the publication, the ruling was made earlier this month on 2 June.

As part of his defence, Mpofu reportedly argued that Le Roux was his junior and he had felt disrespected by her reference to his cross-examination as "political grandstanding" disrespected during the televised sitting.

The advocate also indicated that Le Roux's behaviour was condescending, and he perceived her attitude to be racist.

The Johannesburg Society of Advocates (JSA), in March this year, found Mpofu guilty of an ethical violation for telling Le Roux to shut up.

He was found guilty of violating Rule 4.12 of the General Council of the Bar's Uniform Rules of Ethics.

Mpofu - as well as EFF leader Julius Malema - came under fire for their line of questioning during the interviews of Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) Judge President Mandisa Maya and Gauteng Judge President Dustan Mlambo.

The interviews for the Chief Justice position took place in February with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) recommending Judge Maya for the position.

While Zondo ultimately became the Chief Justice, Mpofu's term as Advocates for Transformation's (ATF) representative in the JSC came to an end on 10 February.

The Pretoria Society of Advocates previously called for Mpofu to be removed as commissioner of the JSC, describing his actions as "unacceptable".

The organisation had written to the General Council of the Bar (GCB), which acknowledged that Mpofu has brought the advocates' profession and the administration of justice "into disrepute", about his conduct during the interviews.



Source - The Citizen