Judge instils hope

2015-09-09 06:00
JUDGE YVONNE MOKGORO at the Protea Hotel Big Hole where she addressed a group of women during a women’s networking empowerment session.  
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JUDGE YVONNE MOKGORO at the Protea Hotel Big Hole where she addressed a group of women during a women’s networking empowerment session. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THERE is hope that a better society will be achieved in which parents realise that the responsibility of raising their children lies with both of them.

This is the belief of Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, a former judge of the Constitutional Court and chairperson of the Law Reform Commission.

Judge Mokgoro addressed a group of women at the Protea Hotel Big Hole in Kimberley on Wednesday (02/09).

The event, presented by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the form of a women’s networking empowerment session, was held in ­celebration of Women’s Month.

Judge Mokgoro said the issue of absent fathers had to be seriously dealt with.

“In this society we have so many single parents and families headed by women.

“I am pleased to see that men’s organisations are being started to motivate fathers to take responsibility.”

Touching on the issue of the role of the judiciary system, Judge Mokgoro clarified that society did not have to wait for judiciary power to solve psychological and social problems.

Everyone in society had a mandate right from the beginning, including schools and youth organisations, she said.

Judge Mokgoro explained that these organisations and institutions had mandates to deal with society and its well-being, along with the judiciary system.

She elaborated on the judiciary system’s role in protecting women.

“The judiciary system cannot stop people from committing crime – it delivers its mandate of delivering justice.

“This is done after the crime has been committed and after a person has been charged.

“What we also have is equal principle in democracy.

“We do not use one human being to punish another.

“Principles to punishment are such that we look at a person in the context of the crime that he committed.

“If I punish you for murder, I cannot punish other people with you, because every case has its own situation.”

Women are increasingly required to play their role in the family and in society in the best way they can, said Judge Mokgoro.

“We have to identify where the problem lies, as well as the priorities to address our problems, in order to strengthen ourselves to meet these huge challenges.”

Judge Mokgoro said if everybody took responsibility and made a contribution, we could perhaps become an ideal society.

She also said that there was, however, also nothing wrong with dreaming of reaching an ideal society.

“We only needed to make an effort”, Judge Mokgoro said

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