Mpofu’s professional conduct under scrutiny following State Capture interview

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Advocate Dali Mpofu’s professional conduct is under scrutiny as the legal fraternity probes his conduct at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture last year.

The Johannesburg Bar Council received complaints last March after Mpofu’s conduct during the cross-examination of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Mpofu who was acting on behalf of former South African Revenue Services commissioner Tom Moyane told Advocate Michelle le Roux to “shut up” during a heated exchange over her questioning of the Minister.

Le Roux was representing Gordhan during the commission’s proceedings.

Mpofu was lambasted by the Chair of the State Capture Commission for interrupting Le Roux.

Mpofu’s behaviour will form part of a disciplinary proceeding that is set to begin on Wednesday.

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Earlier this month, Freedom Under Law also called for Mpofu to recuse himself from the Chief Justice interview due to the pending action. If it’s found that his conduct amounts to professional misconduct, Mpofu could face sanctions.

General Council of the Bar on Mpofu

The General Council of the Bar (GCB) says Mpofu has brought the advocates’ profession and the administration of justice into disrepute.

The organisation says it wants Mpofu to be removed from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and be replaced.

GCB Chairperson Craig Watt-Pringle says they are extremely disappointed with how Mpofu conducted himself during the public interviews.

Watt-Pringle says, “It is my view and widely held view that Mpofu seemed to be walking in step with Malema and with one or other two commissioners as well. And Mr Malema’s mission is political in nature, but Mr Malema is not our baby Mr Mpofu is, he was put there by the GCB on the basis that he represents the profession not on the basis that he would behave in this way towards highly respected judges.”

GCB joins calls for replacement of Adv. Dali Mpofu on the Judicial Service Commission:

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