Mogoeng: SA laws need religion

2014-05-28 14:50
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Cape Town - If religion were a part of the law-making process, the moral fibre of South African society would be better, reckons Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Speaking at a conference on law and religion at the University of Stellenbosch, Mogoeng said the lack of religion in the country’s laws has directly resulted in evils such as crime and corruption that are currently plaguing society, SABC Online reported.

Mogoeng’s religious beliefs came into question when he was appointed as chief justice in 2011.

Mogoeng is a lay pastor in the Winner’s Chapel International church which condemns homosexuality as a disease that can be cured.

The chief justice came under fire for rulings he had made regarding rape survivors when he was a high court judge.

Among the rulings, reported the Mail & Guardian in September 2011, was a reduction from a life sentence to 18 years in jail for a man who had raped a 7-year-old girl.

Among the reasons Mogoeng had given for reducing the sentence was that the man was unmarried, unemployed  and had epilepsy.

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