Dikgang Moseneke tries as a judge to live out Mandela’s ideals

2013-12-07 11:28

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When he does his work, he remembers “so, so well” all former president Nelson Mandela’s ideals for a great country, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has said.

Moseneke, who paid his respects at Mandela’s Houghton home, said his death was “very sad”.

“It’s very sad, you know that I grew up under Tata on Robben Island. He was like a father there and I was a small little young man, also as a prisoner with him there at the same time.”

He said since he met Mandela on Robben Isand in 1963, at the age of 15, he had retained a strong association with the former president.

“That association has been there forever. It’s me he called to come and run the elections in 1994.”

It was then that Mandela appointed Moseneke as deputy president of the Independent Electoral Commission.

“And I’ve remained a faithful cadre of our country, inspired by him. And even now as a judge, when I do my work, I remember so, so well all his ideals for a great country.

“I’m trying to live them in my work as a judge in the best way that I can by serving all of you as well, as faithfully and as honestly as I ever can.”

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