Resurfaced claims that Mogoeng has joined political party ‘not true’

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

Former Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has not entered politics or joined any political formation, nor is he the president of any political party, said Linda Gobodo founder of the Healing the Nation of Africa prayer movement which is led by Mogoeng.

She was responding to an inquiry from Gateway News about a post on the Church Leaders South Africa Facebook group in which new, faith-based political party All African Alliance Movement (AAAM} says that it is led by Mogoeng. The post, accompanying a banner promoting the party’s Gauteng launch on December 3, urges “bishops, pastors and church leaders” to support its stand against the ANC in the 2024 elections.

This is not the first time the AAAM has linked itself with the former chief justice. In early August, after the party announced that Mogoeng was its presidential candidate in 2024, news stories were published reflecting support and disapproval of the former chief justice’s alleged entry into politics. At the time, Bishop Meshack Tebe, secretary general of the AAAM, was quoted in news reports as saying that since announcing Mogoeng’s candidacy they have received extensive support locally and internationally.

While addressing the media at a gala dinner hosted by the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors in Tshwane on September 15 Mogoeng said that based on many prophetic words he has received he believes he is called to be president one day. But he said he did not know when or how the prophecy would be fulfilled and that he has no plans to join a political party or lobby to become president.

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“It’s amazing that even after the press conference these stories continue,” said Gobodo.

The AAAM Facebook page includes video clips of Mogoeng speaking on various platforms.

Asked by Gateway News for comment on the disparity between statements by the party and the former chief justice regarding his political status, Bishop Tebe said that as a former judge Mogoeng is contractually bound by the Judicial Services Commission not to enter party politics.

He said that at various speaking engagements Mogoeng does not announce himself as a political candidate but he “addresses critical issues that are politically orientated”.

“You would see that he’s getting invitations to several institutions where he is very vocal. And if you have been following our statements, they are aligned to his views. So I cannot say ‘yes’ to you; I cannot say ‘no’ to you. All I can say is that he has a contract to finish with the Judicial Commission,” he said.

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