Mogoeng slams whites who resist change, JSC critics

2013-07-09 17:01

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has launched a scathing attack on a “good number” of white South Africans, saying their “apparent resistance to change” is a “constant and rude reminder” of apartheid.

Mogoeng has also lashed all critics of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for what he calls a “clutching at straws to discredit the JSC”.

Mogoeng made the speech, on the topic of The Duty to Transform, at a meeting of the Advocates for Transformation in Cape Town on Saturday.

Mogoeng began by saying that the “wounds and excruciating pain caused by centuries of being subjected to psychological trauma and merciless ‘beatings’ are still fresh and sharp”.

“The poverty, lack of real economic opportunities and the apparent resistance to change by a good number of fellow South Africans, who benefited tremendously from the excellent educational and economic opportunities reserved exclusively for them by the apartheid system, can only serve as a constant and rude reminder to the victims of poverty and limited opportunities for career and professional advancement.”

Mogoeng said it appeared that “war has been declared against transformation” and that people were “clutching at straws” to discredit the JSC.

He did not mention anyone by name, but said that the “same people or organisations who are accusing the JSC of being controlled by politicians are beginning to look like they want to control the JSC themselves”.

Mogoeng also said this “illegitimate neo-political (sic) campaign to have certain people appointed must be strongly opposed”.

But he also warned that defenders of transformation should be ready for “untold attacks from all sorts of people projecting themselves as fiercely independent, impartial, progressive analysts or highly respected professional commentators”.

“Be ready to be trashed by a well-coordinated network of individuals and entities often pretending to be working in isolation from each other.”

The JSC is currently opposing a court action by the Helen Suzman Foundation, which wants set guidelines on the relationship between transformation and merit for the JSC when it appoints judges.

Dene Smuts, the DA’s spokesperson on Justice and Constitutional Development, has also submitted a private members bill to Parliament which, if passed, would reduce the number of politicians on the JSC.

Full speech – Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's address to a meeting of the Advocates for Transformation in C...

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.