According to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, an American billionaire made a R600-million offer through “a particular structure” for court modernisation.
This was revealed on Monday while he was speaking on 702 morning show with Bongani Bingwa
“I wasn’t approached directly. There was a middle person who I respect highly, who I believe came to me innocently, and that’s what makes it a bit challenging for me to disclose the details.
“It’s enough to say it was an American billionaire who made an offer through a particular structure to modernise the courts,” Mogoeng said.
Mogoeng told Bingwa he was offered “whatever amount” he wanted and that he could do with the money as he pleased.
Mogoeng turned down the offer.
“Why don’t they go to treasury and give money there? Why should I be approached directly? Why should it even be a secret approach?”
The revelation was first made while Mogoeng was presenting the 2018/19 judiciary annual report in Johannesburg last Thursday.
During the presentation of the report, Mogoeng also said the judiciary is prioritising digitising the functioning of courts to improve performance.
He said the project was being piloted in some courts in Gauteng.