Prayer Vigils in Support of the Chief Justice Set To Continue

Prayer vigils in support of the Chief Justice are set to continue as he appeals the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) judgement. On Friday 12 March, the South African Friends of Israel (SAFI) took to Constitutional Hill, in Johannesburg, and outside the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town, to pray in support of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng for his comments about the Holy Land.

Held outdoors and in accordance with COVID19 protocols, the prayer vigils took place safely. It was attended by a wide spectrum of faith leaders who lead in prayer and biblical guidance. They included:

  • Pastor Chris Mathebula - Hope Restoration Ministry

  • Pastor Tshepo Mosala - The Kingdom of God Ministries

  • Evangelist Israel Molefe - Hear Us As We Pray movement

  • Apostle Thando Mponeng - Judah House Tabernacle

  • Bishop Mnene - Be Blessed Ministries

  • Bishop Mdlalosi - Be Blessed Ministries

  • Prophet Charmaine - Healing, Restoration and Revival 

The groundswell of support for the Chief Justice continues throughout the country. A petition in support was handed over to the Office of the Chief Justice which has been signed by nearly 125 000 people and counting. Pastor Mathebula said “We are here to pray to Jehovah, the creator of the universe, and also to say to judge Mogoeng Mogoeng, together with your family, we are behind you, we refuse to be silent...Just remember there are good South Africans, and there are many people who are standing with you in this nation.” 

SAFI welcomes the announcement made yesterday by the Chief Justice to appeal the finding of the Judicial Conduct Commission (JCC). This judgement was based on the representations of fringe anti-Israel lobby groups which seek to try silence views opposed to theirs, including Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on his biblical love for Israel and a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

We reiterate that the Chief Justice's remarks are legitimate, fair and non-controversial. They were made in accordance with his deeply held religious beliefs which are protected under the South African constitution, alongside the Judicial Code which regulates judicial conduct. 

Bafana Modise
South African Friends of Israel


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