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Most popular Witsie resigns from SRC

Leon Jamaine Mithi (pictured), a law student who heads up the DA-aligned ProjectW faction of the Wits SRC and polled the most votes in the election of this year’s SRC, shocked everyone on campus Monday by tendering his resignation to VC Prof Adam Habib. Mihti blames actions and inactions by Prof Habib’s office for his resignation. Habib told Jewish Report this was nonsense. See the Spotlighting graphic that got the Prof tweeting up a storm Tuesday.




In his letter of resignation, Mithi essentially blames Habib’s inaction to a litany of travails he has had to endure over the past two years. “It is my view that the Vice Chancellor has not acted in the interests of the students in creating a functional body and that the Vice Chancellor has been biased towards the interests of the BDS movement as well as the MSA movement within the SRC,” says Mithi in his resignation.

The Wits SRC is made up of two broad groupings, ProjectW and the ANC-aligned PYA (Progressive Youth Alliance), These two factions are constantly at odds with one another.

Habib Adam AprilMithi says he resigns with “deep regret” but cannot continue to face incidents such as “several violent attacks.” He says he has lodged a complaint with photographic evidence and numerous witness accounts, but “to this day, no action has been taken against the perpetrators of this political intimidation,” Mihti tells Habib – PICTURED RIGHT.

His main reason for resigning is that he has “lost confidence in the office of the Vice Chancellor and in his ability and interest in ensuring a functional student body, and he accuses Habib of running the SRC in the best interests of students’ “political affiliations.”

Mighty Jaimi, as he is commonly known on campus, says he has also been the victim of “political intimidation and xenophobic attacks,” and had been told “to go back to my country (Zimbabwe).”

Spotlighting and Prof Habib go to i-War

The pro-Israel group SpotlightingSA posted the resignation letter on Tuesdaywith an anti-Wits graphic (see also below this story) which resulted in a flurry of tweets from Prof Habib, some of which we run below. . 

MightiProf Habib spoke to Jewish Report Wednesday afternoon on his way back from Tzaneen to Johannesburg.

LEFT: Prof Habib sent out some rapid-fire tweets to SpotlightingSA yesterday

He said that he had no intention to engage Mihti on his resignation. “People make all sorts of unacceptable comments,” said Habib.

“My Job is to apply rules equally and fairly to all. All of the decisions Mr Mihti is unhappy with were made by the management team,” explained Prof Habib, and not just himself.

The VC said that many of the allegations made by Mihti in his resignation letter had been MADE IN MARCH.

Habib says he had engaged with Mihti at that stage, all allegations were investigated and the outcome report had been discussed with the SRC.

Rationale in question

“I cannot but wonder whether Mr Mihti may have another rationale” in his resignation, says Prof Habib. “I refuse to get embroiled in student politics or become student elections,” he said adamantly.

mighti2“I think this is an attempt to heighten the (political) mood” on campus, said the vice-Chancellor.

The Council is fully appraised of and behind all decisions he has made, says Prof Habib.

“One of the ironies of what Jamie is alleging,” said Habib,“is that I have discussed the outcomes” of investigations into these issues with him.

“He is doing exactly what he accuses (deposed-SRC president) Mcebo Dlamini of doing.”

He has also been consistently threatened with violence on social media platforms, crimen injuria, and had been physically attacked on campus by BDS sympathisers “and my identity was stolen with the intent of defaming my character.”

In all of these instances, Mithi tells the Vice Chancellor, he has laid complaints to the Wits authorities, provided “damning evidence” including pictures and video material, yet Wits did not press charges “or even have the courtesy to inform me as the victim of the progress of my complaint(s).”

Mihti also complains of “a deliberate attempt to undermine the functionality of the SRC by several members of the BDS and PYA movement,” by their creation of “fluff portfolios (being) created in the SRC with no responsibilities and duties on campus.”

Having received the most votes in the SRC election, Mihti can be considered the most popular student among Wits students. He accuses Habib of having “ruled in favour of the creation of those (fluff) portfolios in the face of evidence that they were not in the best interests of the students.”

Mihti’s resignation letter continues: “Throughout the term of office of this SRC there have been several irregularities that have been ignored or tacitly condoned by the VC. In the first instance the SRC failed to meet for several months, the executive took decisions which were beyond their constitutional powers and they spent funding on BDS campaigns. The SRC invited BDS lobby groups and representatives to speak on behalf of the SRC without obtaining the prior consent of the SRC as a structure. The SRC ran events on education campus using the exclusive branding of PYA structures even though the SRC is meant to be a neutral structure, these events were paid for using SRC funding.

“Several non PYA SRC members were meant to deliver their portfolio obligations with zero budgetary allowance. I personally was forced to use my private funds to host fitness classes at the University. I paid the trainers out of pocket and printed posters out of pocket.

Mighti1“In the attempt to deliver services to the student community on an area which the VC had said was a priority, namely health and wellness, I found myself with no university support.

“The SRC has spent over R50,000 on repairs in the SRC offices in the first semester, but the last time I used the offices the toilet seats which were missing had not been replaced and the door to the projects office was still broken.

The VC dismissed these concerns of Prima Fasciae funding irregularities with threats of disciplinary action. This in my view was undue intimidation of student concerns. When a complaint was made and investigated, the findings were not acted upon even though they were in agreement with the complaint raised. It is my view that the VC was biased in failing to act against Shaeera Kalla and her compatriots within the PYA.

“The Frat House project which was conceptualized by myself in the year 2013 and funded to the extent of R500,000 has been closed for the duration of 2014 and 2015 thus far.

“This was a signature initiative of the Say students Office of the SRC, PYA members did not come to the meetings and did not offer any input into the project. However the VC has allowed the pilot to not commence and has even allowed the office of the Day students to be dissolved into nothingness. Nine months have passed since the Frat House was ready for opening. However to appease the PYA leadership the VC has entertained the renaming of the house, the renaming of the project (outside of SRC approval), the delay in opening.

“The political concern of the PYA being to undermine the contributions of PROJECTW to student life. Their interests have been entertained by the VC and even protected.

“Morris Mukhove is a staunch supporter of the ANC, he served in the SRC as a PYA member and currently is CEO of an organization known as Thusanani Foundation which receives backing from high level leadership within the ANC, to the extent that its key events are patronized by none other than the President of the Republic Jacob Zuma. The relationship that the VC has with this organization does not encourage views of his independence as he is closely aligned to it.

“The VC has also stubbornly continued to address all students as COMRADES, a label which is currently in the political register of the republic mostly used in reference to staunch supporters of the ANC, on all occasions the VC can be said to be advancing the propaganda of the ANC by trying to make student label themselves with this political title which serves only the ANC. This is in my view a continuation of the lack of impartiality of the VC in dealing with matters pertaining to the ANC, BDS, PYA and its affiliate organisations.

“In its totality the behaviour of the Vice Chancellor has not inspired my confidence to continue serving on any structure under his oversight. I do not believe any more in his objectivity and independence. My experience has given me no indications of his commitment to creating a functional and accountable SRC and I am left with no other recourse than to step down from this esteem structure I have served diligently for the past two years of my life.

“Yours in deep regret, Leon Jamaine Mithi.”

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  1. nat cheiman

    Jul 16, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    ‘I said it before and I am going to tell you \”I TOLD YOU SO\”.

    Habib runs with the hares and hunts with the hounds.

    He is partial to BDS. So would I be if I were a Muslim.

    You cannot blame him. A leopard does not change its spots. However, DO NOT TRUST THE MAN. He is not going to be equitable as long as he has a hole in his rectum.

    He is not independent, cannot be and it is unreasonable to expect him to be.

    Inasmuch as the Dean of law cannot be impartial for several reasons, either. Dlamini is a black man and so is the dean of law allegedly.

    It is also possible that the dean of law does not fully understand what hate speech is all about and it may also be prudent to mention that the dean of law may never have heard of a chap called Adolf Hitler. Not everybody is proficient with historical facts.

    The dean may not have practiced as a lawyer before either. These facts need to be verified before an accusation is levelled against the dean. But the SAJBD has laid charges against Dumbo Dlamini and it is likely that a court will make a finding regarding the alleged hate speech and also as to the competence of the dean of law who sat and adjudicated the matter. Perhaps he should have recused himself . We will find out about Dumbo and the dean in due course.

    In the meantime, the savage recommendation by Dumbo to necklace the Sasco students who went to Israel is perhaps a threat / intimidation and/ or an incitement to violence.

    Of course the savage may be himself the target of a necklace by his detractors. Who knows.

    Whatever the case may be, it surely cannot do Wits more harm than was done by the Hitler remark.

    In conclusion, regarding Habib. Can a leopard change his spots? Of course he can. When he moves from spot to spot. This chameleon like activity is what Habib may be contemplating right now. 


  2. Jonni

    Jul 21, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    ‘Sorry to say but Nat is so prejudiced and full of hatred that his comments are  distasteful .

    He continues to use sweeping generalisations and foul language. I wonder if he ever attended a University and/or has participated in any meaningful debates ??’

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‘Wake up!’ say doctors, as third wave ramps up



Communal experts this week issued a stern warning to “catch a wake up” as the community has been hard hit by death, severe illness, and an unprecedented number of infections which continue to rise daily during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is extremely severe,” warned Dr Richard Friedland, the chief executive of Netcare Group. “In Gauteng, we are in the eye of the storm, with things set to get a lot worse than they are.

“We should all be doing what we can to prevent a single death, to prevent people from having to be admitted to hospital,” he said.

The death rate has risen at hospitals, and hospital stays are about 20% longer, exacerbating the shortage of beds, especially in Gauteng, which is leading the uptick in infections.

“As I walk through our COVID-19 units, I see people struggling to breathe, fighting to survive this shocking pandemic. Every day, we are reminded of the pain, the suffering, and the enormous loss that it brings,” Friedland said.

Issuing a plea to the community to be hyper vigilant, he said, “I want to be abundantly clear that there can be no place for a lackadaisical approach.”

Several doctors this week told the SA Jewish Report that the situation was dire, with one doctor describing it as a “battlefield”.

“Patients, some quite young with no comorbidities, are really sick, with the vast majority on one form of ventilation or another,” said Dr Carron Zinman of Netcare Linksfield Hospital.

“Some severely ill patients are being temporarily managed in casualty because there are simply no intensive-care beds available at other hospitals,” she said.

“We are seeing a fairly young cohort, some with no underlying conditions, who are becoming seriously ill. The variants are more virulent and transmissible. We have had quite a lot of patients who have had COVID-19 before or who have received the vaccine, and got it.”

“We treat more aggressively, but there’s still no magic drug. We’re doing everything we can to turn the inflammatory response around. It takes some longer than others,” she said.

“Sadly, some people over 60 believe that once they have had the virus or the vaccine, they are safe. They aren’t. A lot of families including couples and their children are being infected,” she said.

At the time of going to print, Hatzolah had 501 active patients with 64 patients requiring oxygen at home. At least 11.7% of the active cases include children and young adults under the age of 20.

“There are a higher number of younger people including children than in the previous waves,” said Dr Anton Meyberg of Netcare Linksfield Hospital.

Sadly, the majority of patients are still the elderly over 60, but doctors have noticed a rise in the number of patients between the ages of 40 to 60, many requiring hospital admission.

There appears to be a disproportionately higher number of cases within the community, with doctors putting this down to complacency and carelessness about observing protocols.

“There is more testing, but people aren’t following the rules,” said Meyberg, “People who have been vaccinated are becoming lax, and there is a large asymptomatic spread of the virus.”

The country technically entered its third wave on Thursday, 10 June. According to the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19, a new wave starts when the seven-day moving average of new infections surpasses 30% of the previous wave.

More than 70% of the new cases are now in Gauteng and the Western Cape, where there is evidence of a resurgence after a period of recovery, and there are daily increases in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

According to experts, the next two weeks will be particularly severe in Gauteng as the numbers steadily increase. Cape Town is a few weeks behind, they say.

Private-sector hospital admissions have increased four-fold since April. More than 500 patients are being admitted a day in the private sector in Gauteng, which is putting enormous strain on emergency departments fighting to open as many beds as possible to make space.

According to Hatzolah Chairperson Lance Abramson, there were 263 active cases at the peak of the first wave, 333 cases at the peak of the second wave, and now there are more than 500 active cases “with no peak in sight yet”.

“There are a staggering number of active cases in the Johannesburg Jewish community,” he said.

“Ambulances are transporting multiple COVID-19-positive patients to hospitals daily, where it is sometimes difficult to find a hospital bed. Patients are sometimes having to wait in ambulances in the parking lots of hospitals. This is very challenging for teams on the ground,” he said.

The organisation is also looking after 64 patients on home oxygen where they are closely monitored, Abramson said.

The organisation’s nurses are seeing between 80 to 100 patients a day.

Interestingly, Hatzolah has had 238 patients on the programme who have had a vaccine. Of those, 171 had received the first Pfizer vaccine, and 83 had received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, two the AstraZeneca, and one Moderna. Thirty eight patients have been fully vaccinated and of those, only one required hospitalisation and has since recovered, he said.

According to Dr Ryan Noach, the chief executive of Discovery Health, globally, vaccinations have materially slowed the progression of new cases and deaths. There are early signs of reduced COVID-19 infection rates among the vaccinated pollution in South Africa post 15 days after vaccination.

“There are signs that the first dose is working, with early data showing that there are less admissions post vaccination and fewer deaths,” he said.

Worryingly, he said, “The data points to the potential for a very severe third wave, and we’re seeing the beginning of it only now.”

He said more than 50% of adults 70 years and older require admission to hospital.

“Hospital admissions in wave three have reached the level of admissions at the peak in wave one. There are currently 2 012 Discovery members admitted to hospital, of which 526 are in intensive-care, and 275 require ventilation.

“A large number of people are showing evidence of reinfections. Discovery members who contracted COVID-19 in the first wave have again contracted COVID-19 in the second wave. Three members have now tested positive three times,” Noach said.

On 13 June, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that two million Johnson & Johnson (J&J) doses would have to be destroyed because the United States regulator, the Food and Drug Administration, found that the main ingredient with which they were made wasn’t safe for consumption.

As a result, South Africa has no J&J doses to administer at present, setting the country back in its vaccine roll-out in the midst of a third wave. The good news is that, according to the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, J&J will replace all the doses within the next two weeks, with 300 000 due to land within a few days and another million to be released by Aspen’s Eastern Cape plant next week.

In the meantime, doctors have appealed to people to be hyper vigilant and maintain all non-pharmaceutical measures.

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BDS boycott ‘creating divisions among ordinary South Africans’



“I felt targeted because I’m Jewish. It’s antisemitic,” said a businessman affected by an alleged boycott of companies purported to support Israel.

A group of 300 South African hardware stores supposedly cancelled contracts with “SA-based suppliers and companies that have relations with or who have shown support for Israel”. The executive director of Africa4Palestine (formerly Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) South Africa), Muhammed Desai, last week described the boycott as “heartwarming”.

“Many people have been pressured by their community to be part of a boycott and cause harm,” said this businessman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “This affects ordinary South Africans because it destroys long-term business relationships.”

Although there has been an impact on his company, it seems not many businesses have felt the impact of the boycott. Other suppliers listed by Desai told the SA Jewish Report that no contracts had been cancelled. “None of our relationships or sales into any of the hardware stores in South Africa have been compromised,” said one supplier, who asked not to be named.

“I can state categorically that this has had no impact on our business,” said another supplier who wanted to remain anonymous. “Our order book is full.”

“As the ‘rainbow nation’, this is just aggressively encouraging divisions that were never there before,” said the first businessman. “People are making business decisions based on religion rather than good business principles. These enforced divisions are what worry me more than anything. What happened to the South Africa that we know? This radical stance is completely nonsensical,” he said.

Desai went on to declare, “Today, standing with Israel, having ties with Israel, or serving in the Israeli military have all, correctly, become similar to, in the past, having stood with apartheid South Africa or with Nazi Germany. To stand with Israel today is now synonymous with saying, ‘I stand with Germany’ during the Holocaust or declaring, ‘I stand with South Africa’ during apartheid.”

He said Africa4Palestine welcomed “this ethical position as a morally sound example to other stores in South Africa and the African continent to emulate so that we can truly create apartheid-Israeli-free zones. Your efforts have served as another great blow to those who believe they can support the Israeli regime on the one hand, and take money and profits from principled and moral South African people.”

If the language of boycotting Jewish businesses and creating “Israeli-free zones” sounds familiar, that’s because it is. South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) National Director Wendy Kahn said, “In his congratulatory letter to the boycotters, Desai compares Israel to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. The irony of his use of Holocaust terminology is also not lost on us Jews. Nazi Germany also came to our minds when we read this letter. We remember that the Holocaust began with the boycotting of Jewish businesses.

“We aren’t fooled by his couching of words or references to those who ‘have relations with or who have shown support for Israel’ and those ‘standing with Israel, having ties with Israel’. What he actually means is Jews. According to the University of Cape Town’s Kaplan Centre study in 2019, 90% of South African Jews support Israel, so invariably, what Desai is calling for is the boycott of Jewish businesses.

“The delight that he takes in potentially destroying these Jewish businesses is gut-wrenching, not least because of the fragile and precarious economic climate in South Africa. Will Desai and the BDS organisations rejoice in the jobs lost by these businesses?

“His so-called victory of boycotts of Jewish business won’t have an impact on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. All these threats achieve is attempted intimidation of local South African Jews who hold an opinion different to BDS. The South African Jewish community won’t be intimidated. It’s effect will be only to harm South African businesses trying desperately to survive and retain jobs,” Kahn said.

“Our Constitution states that everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, and opinion. There’s no rider that excludes Jews and people who have a connection to Israel. Nor does it call for the destruction of livelihoods of people for daring to believe differently.”

Desai issued a statement saying that the accusation of antisemitism was “a deliberate misrepresentation”, but then reiterated that “we welcome South Africans shunning, boycotting, and ending relations with suppliers and companies that are trading with, have links to, or are supportive of Israel”.

In response to the SAJBD’s statement on the matter, published on Facebook, Africa4Palestine’s Bram Hanekom wrote, “The 300 hardware stores can buy the things they need from other South African owned and ethical businesses.”

Benji Shulman, the director of public diplomacy at the South African Zionist Federation, noted that “the boycott of Jewish businesses has a long history in the BDS movement going back more than a decade, with Jewish businesses or those with Jewish management frequently targeted. What’s more, commercial boycotts against Israel have been a complete failure internationally. Since the boycott movement started, trade between Israel and South Africa has actually increased on average.

“BDS has many other failed boycott attempts,” he said. “One that comes to mind is the failed Woolworths ‘tomato’ boycott, which also produced zero results, other than a pig’s head placed in the kosher section of a supermarket. BDS may be trying to intimidate smaller Jewish businesses, but as yet, it hasn’t shown any signs that it has the capability of undertaking a full-fledged boycott campaign.”

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SAZF takes on Judge Desai for his conduct



The South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) has predictably come in for some heavy criticism by the anti-Israel lobby for lodging a complaint against retired Judge Siraj Desai with the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC).

Last week, the SAZF lodged a complaint with the JCC against the judge, who recently took up the position of the Legal Services Ombudsman.

The SAZF said Desai’s actions and conduct over many years was plainly in breach of the code of judicial conduct and “entirely unbecoming of a judicial officer”.

This was a bombshell complaint against Desai, who is a well-known social activist and respected jurist described by many as the “people’s judge”.

The detailed complaint against him spans many years from 2009 till the present, highlighting Desai’s actions and conduct connecting him to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, and the pro-Palestinian movement.

The SAZF said that Desai’s alleged misconduct included his involvement in political controversy, misusing the prestige of his judicial office to advance his personal political interests, failing to recuse himself in a case in which he was obviously conflicted, and involving himself in activities that used the position of his judicial office to promote a partisan political cause.

Desai, who served the legal profession for 43 years, retired as a Western Cape High Court judge last year, and almost immediately accepted the ombud position having been appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The objective of the ombud is to advance and safeguard the integrity of the legal profession in South Africa But more importantly, it’s to ensure fair, efficient, and effective investigation of complaints of alleged misconduct by legal practitioners.

Former Judge Rex van Schalkwyk of the Rule of Law Project told the SA Jewish Report, “This isn’t about whether one is pro-Israel or pro-Palestine. Did Judge Desai conform with the ethics that constrain him as a judge? Having looked at the complaint, there is at least a case that needs to be answered. Judge Desai must give an explanation about his conduct. It’s legitimate for this issue to have been brought to the professional body of the JSC [Judicial Service Commission] and to be dealt with specifically in accordance with the principle of law not in accordance with the political issues which will cloud the complaint.”

The SAZF has been lambasted for the complaint, which it lodged on 10 June, by members of Africa4Palestine and the South African BDS Coalition. They have set up a Facebook page called “Hands off Judge Desai”.

The anti-Israel lobbyists described the complaint as “spurious” and “baseless”, and called it a “vengeful attack”. Africa4Palestine criticised the “questionable” timing of the complaint, saying that it was an attempt to distract from its complaint lodged against the country’s outgoing Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Last Friday, 11 June, the JCC appeal panel said it was continuing its deliberations on Mogoeng Mogoeng’s appeal against a misconduct finding for his remarks about Israel brought by Africa4Palestine.

Earlier this year, the JCC found that Mogoeng had contravened the code of judicial conduct with comments made during a webinar in June last year and subsequently at a prayer meeting where he declared that he would never apologise for the views he expressed. In the webinar, hosted by the Jerusalem Post, he said he believed South Africa would do well to consider adopting a more objective stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and said “hatred” of the Jewish state could “attract unprecedented curses upon our nation”.

In his March ruling, Judge Phineas Mojapelo stressed that “judges are to stay out of politics”.

The South African BDS Coalition said the SAZF’s complaint against Desai was in “retaliation for the failure to secure a seat at the Constitutional Court by Judge Unterhalter” accusing him of being an “apologist for Zionism”. Earlier this year, the SA BDS Coalition demanded that Unterhalter not be selected to the Constitutional Court for his association with the South African Jewish Board of Deputies.

Rolene Marks, SAZF’s legal forum spokesperson said, “At issue here, is the role that judges play in our society. The reason that there is a judicial code of conduct is that judges need to be seen not to be promoting political causes since they may have to rule on them at some stage. However, it’s clear through his comments that although Judge Desai is entitled to his views in terms of freedom of speech, he is bound by the judicial code of conduct, and his actions fall outside of that.”

According to the SAZF, last year, Desai while being interviewed on an Iranian YouTube channel, made “inappropriate comments” likening Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini to President Nelson Mandela.

“To compare a world-renowned peacemaker like President Mandela to the despotic founding leader of a regime notorious for its disregard of human rights, and which is responsible for gross human rights violations, including torture and violence against thousands of people, is an insult to the people of South Africa, the Constitution, and our democratic institutions,” the statement said.

It added that Desai also made “several other shocking remarks” during the interview regarding foreign policy, including referring to the United States – an important trading and diplomatic partner of South Africa – as the “great Satan” which demonstrated that Desai had “engaged in conduct incompatible with his status as a judge of the high court.”

According to the SAZF, Desai has a long history of endorsing and promoting the anti-Israel political lobby.

In 2009, Desai was part of a South African delegation of pro-Palestinian activists that was to take part in a protest known as “the Gaza Freedom March” organised by the Palestine Solidarity Alliance. It was during this time that the Cairo Declaration was signed which was a call for a global movement for Palestinian rights and a boycott of Israel. The SAZF said Desai “lent his stature as a judge to the drafting and issuing of the declaration”.

In 2015, he gave an order in a review application brought by pro-Palestinian, anti-Zionist organisations and activists against the City of Cape Town. There is allegedly no record in the judgment of him having disclosed his interest in BDS to the parties in that case, according to the complaint.

In 2018, Desai welcomed Hamas during its visit to South Africa and said, “We hope to make an intellectual contribution to the resolution of the Palestinian issue, but we take our leadership from you, you are the leadership on the ground.”

“This, despite the fact that the Hamas charter includes direct calls for violence against Jewish people and the destruction of the state of Israel. Using the prestige of the judicial office to publicly promote an extremist organisation is clearly contrary to the precepts underlying the judicial code of conduct,” said the complaint.

“Judge Desai has long conducted himself well outside the realms of the judicial code,” said the SAZF. “It’s therefore crucial for maintaining public confidence in the judiciary that manifest judicial misconduct is called to account.”

Desai told News24 through his spokesperson, Professor Usuf Chikte, that he was “unapologetic in his stance in condemnation of apartheid Israel”.

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