Media Statement — ANC election campaign poster using the image of the Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Madam Justice Mandisa Maya
18 November 2023
Note: Please attribute this statement solely to the Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) as Government Department and not the Chief Justice or Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa or the Judiciary.
It has been brought to the attention of the Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) that there is a purported African National Congress (ANC) election campaign poster circulating on social media bearing the image of Deputy Chief Justice Mandisa Maya. According to the image of the poster in possession of the OCJ, the poster appears to have been posted on the ANC's X page under the handle @MYANC.
The OCJ wishes to inform the public that this inappropriate use of the Deputy Chief Justice's image in an election campaign poster was not authorised by Deputy Chief Justice Maya or the OCJ. For the record, Deputy Chief Justice Maya is not a member of the ANC or any other political party. Article 12(1)(a) of the Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits Judges from belonging any political party.