Mogoeng pays tribute as Bam laid to rest

2011-12-27 19:49
Johannesburg - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng paid tribute to judge Fikile Bam's role in transforming the judiciary, as he was laid to rest in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday.

"We will then continue that mission, strive for transformation within the judiciary and have a judiciary that speaks to African needs and problems," said Moegoeng at the funeral of the former chief justice of the Land Claims Court.

Bam who served the court for 15 years, died earlier this month from cancer at the age of 79.

Among those in attendance at the funeral were former president Thabo Mbeki; wife of former President Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel; Public Protector Thuli Madonsela; Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu; former minister of safety and security Charles Nqakula; Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet; United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa; Judge Cheryl Loots of the Land Claims Court and former Cape Town archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane.

Earlier, Xhosa historian Mda Mda told the mourners that Bam did not compromise on his ideals.

"Fikile had leadership qualities that many need in South Africa today, including government. He was not about himself, but he was an achiever on merit."

Bam shared the same birthday with former president Nelson Mandela.

While imprisoned on Robben Island he taught anthropology and English to fellow political prisoners in quarry site where they used to do labour.

He also offered legal advice to them, and sometimes even to warders.

On Tuesday, the gravel road leading to Goqwana village near Tsolo in the Eastern Cape was graced by convoys of luxury vehicles as the high-ranking South Africans made their way to the funeral venue.

Other mourners travelled on foot and by horse to pay their respects.

Bam's local agricultural co-ordinator George Marere was also in attendance.

He said that Bam had been hoping to become more involved in agricultural projects in the area in the near future. "He told us he was to retire from work and come and lead these [agricultural] projects," said Marere.

"He even requested us to make sure that the Tsolo Agricultural School was well functioning and equipped with necessary equipment, so that he could fund young people to enrol at the school."

Meanwhile, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said in a statement that the country had lost a great legal mind.

Read more on:    thabo mbeki  |  graca machel  |  lindiwe sisulu  |  mangosuthu buthelezi  |  fikile bam  |  thuli madonsela  |  east london  |  judiciary

Join the conversation! 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. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Partnered with
Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!


Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

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


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 network.


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.