Trevor Manuel calls Old Mutual judge a 'single individual who happens to wear a robe'

- | 5 months ago

At a media briefing explaining his board’s position on the ongoing legal battle between Old Mutual and its CEO Peter Moyo, board chairperson Trevor Manuel voiced criticism of Brian Mashile, the judge who ruled that the company’s dismissal of CEO Peter Moyo was illegal and must be overturned.

“If you take a board imbued with the responsibility and accountability and you get that overturned by a single individual who happens to wear a robe, I think you have a bit of a difficulty,” he said. A clip of him saying this has since been shared many times on social media, attracting criticism from users who accused him of a lack of respect for the judiciary.

Manuel responded Moyo’s legal team stating that they wanted Manuel and the directors of the board declared delinquent and a new, interim board appointed, saying this would not happen unless there was “just cause” for them to step down.

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