Calls are mounting for the removal of Dali Mpofu SC from the Judicial Service Commission.
The Pretoria Society of Advocates has written to the General Council of the Bar calling for the advocate’s removal.
This follows reports and analyses based on questions Mpofu asked candidates nominated for the chief justice position last week.
Particular reference was made to a question he asked Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo about rumours of sexual harassment accusing him.
His questions to Supreme Court of Appeal president Mandisa Maya were also found to be sexist.
The society said it was particularly perturbed by Mpofu’s behaviour and unacceptable performance during the interviews.
The organisation said Mpofu’s and EFF leader Julius Malema’s line of questioning of the candidates created an impression that they were using the JSC as a platform for some political end.
It was said the pending disciplinary charges against Mpofu regarding his conduct at the state capture commission of inquiry should have disqualified him from representing the advocates’ profession on the JSC for purposes of interviewing the candidates, in particular Zondo.