Israeli lobby targets retired South African human rights judge

10 June 2021

The human rights organisation #Africa4Palestine has noted the ridiculous complaint lodged by the Israeli lobby – SA Zionist Federation (SAZF) – against the well respected retired South African judge, Siraj Desai.

The complaint was lodged today with the Judicial Services Commission (JSC).

Judge Desai retired over a year ago and the timing of the complaint is questionable. It seems to be an attempt to discredit Desai and distract from the complaint lodged by Africa4Palestine against South Africa’s sitting Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng (who entered into controversy by, among other, publicly undermining our country’s foreign policy positions). In fact, the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng matter is being discussed tomorrow (Friday 11 June) at 11h00 at the Constitutional Court of South Africa by the JSC’s JCC members.

#Africa4Palestine supports retired Judge Siraj Desai and want to clearly state that his role against Apartheid and stand against human rights abuses is commendable.

Finally, it cannot be ignored that the complaint against the retired Judge Desai was notarised in Israel and #Africa4Palestine is concerned by interest and interference of Israel in our judiciary (click here).

ISSUED BY TISETSO MAGAMA ON BEHALF OF AFRICA 4 PALESTINE

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