Mogoeng vows to protect gay rights

2014-06-04 20:17
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (File Beeld)

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (File Beeld)

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

Johannesburg - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Wednesday vowed to protect all citizens' rights, including the rights of homosexuals.

"I know as a Christian that the Bible speaks against homosexuality, but I have taken an oath and I am very serious about my oath," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"It cannot be a lie when I assure the nation that I will uphold the Constitution, the laws and the human rights."

Mogoeng pointed out the right to sexual orientation was a human right and it would be perverse of him not to accept that.

"Justice is not supposed to be perverted, to begin to get at those who are gay and lesbian just because of their choice.

"My responsibility is to ensure that every gay person, every lesbian person enjoys their right as protected by the bill of rights. There's no question about that," he said.

Mogoeng, who is a lay minister, has been criticised for his strong religious views.

He was defending a speech he gave in Stellenbosch last week about religion and the law. Mogoeng caused a stir by suggesting religion could be used to strengthen legislation and lead to a better society.

The chief justice said he would not allow his faith to take precedence over the Constitution.

- SAPA
Read more on:    mogoeng mogoeng  |  gay rights
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
102 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

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.