'Red lights flashing' over Mogoeng

2011-09-05 09:28

Johannesburg - The Sonke Gender Justice Network expressed concern on Monday about reports that Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng would be the country's next chief justice.

"We are worried and disappointed," Sonke spokesperson Mbuyiselo Botha told SABC radio news. "Red lights are flashing."

Botha said there was already a "persistent failure from the judicial system as to how [abused] women in this country are handled".

"It [the system] is not taking care of women suffering from abuse."

Botha said if Mogoeng's past judgments were anything to go by, it did not bode well for women.

Scrutinised


Mogoeng was grilled at the weekend by the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) following President Jacob Zuma's nomination for him to become the country's next chief justice.

His past judgments have been scrutinised in the media, including rulings on marital rape.

Lawyer Paul Hoffman, of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, told SABC on Monday morning that he hoped criticisms against Mogoeng's nomination would cause Zuma to reconsider his appointment.

"He [Mogoeng] was not able to properly deal with the criticisms about his gender insensitivity, about his professional ethics, about his experience and capacity as a judge nor about his attitude toward homosexuality," Hoffman told the broadcaster.

Mogoeng was nominated by Zuma to be the country's next chief justice following the retirement of former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo after his term of office expired on August 14.

In his submission to the JSC, Mogoeng said he was not homophobic or gender-insensitive, nor was he inexperienced for the job.

A JSC commissioner told Sapa on Sunday that most of its members had voted in favour of his appointment.

- SAPA
Read more on:    jsc  |  sonke gender justice network  |  mogoeng mogoeng  |  judiciary  |  gender equality
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
142 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come back into focus. You may get a second chance to say what needs to be said. The important focus today is to not...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.