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Courts critical for stability - Mogoeng Mogoeng

2012-08-04 17:47

Johannesburg - The courts play a critical role to create a peaceful, stable and secure environment in the country, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Saturday.

"When peace and stability is achieved, investor confidence would follow and yield the much-needed economic growth which would in turn address the high unemployment rate in our country," Mogoeng said in a statement.

He was speaking at the strategic session of the judiciary in Mookgopong, Limpopo.

"The intended outcome of the retreat is to improve the overall performance of the courts, from lower to superior courts thus translating to efficient and effective functioning of the courts.

"We are taking this time as the judiciary to take stock and reflect on where we come from, where we are, where we ought to go and how to get there," he said.

"When we conclude these sessions in a fortnight, it will cease to be judicial business as usual. There should be a radical paradigm shift in the way we have been doing things because the challenges of our times enjoin us to do things differently and better than it has been the case so far," said Mogoeng.

A team of experts had been brought together to assist in facilitating the sessions over the next two weeks.

This process would culminate in a proper diagnosis of challenges and a short, medium and long term programme of action drawn by judicial officers themselves, for practical implementation with built-in monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

Comments
  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-08-04 17:51

    This man who was written off before he even started will surprise many as one of the country's Chief Justice.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-05 09:18

      Remember he is surrounded by about 10 other very sharp legal brains who probably shout at him to sit down if he says something stupid, like a Moegoe that was deployed to help Zuma out when he gets in trouble with the law

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-04 19:37

    The Chief Justice - 28 July: He was asked if, given statements by some politicians that the judiciary was being used to undermine the Government, he felt there any threats, now or potentially, to the independence of the judges. "I will not respond every time somebody says something . . . but if that person does something, I'll rise up to confront him." Now, will the Chief Justice say whether the judiciary threatens the Government, or the Government threatens the judiciary. Or not, as the case may be.

  • Sean Venske - 2012-08-04 20:35

    SAPS catch them (generally) Courts convict them (usually) Department of Correctional Services releases scrap like Shaick, Selebi, murderers, rapists and general dregs of soceity with a rap on the knuckles and a kiss. Therein lies SA's judicial downfall

  • garth.langenhoven - 2012-08-04 21:33

    "When peace and stability is achieved, investor confidence would follow and yield the much-needed economic growth which would in turn address the high unemployment rate in our country,".. Am I mistaken or is this a case of "putting the cart before the horse"? I would be inclined to address our high unemployment, shoddy health care and atrocious crime rate, before concerning myself with anything else.. But then that's me.. I'd rather clean my house internally before bothering with the outside

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