Chief Justice lectures

2019-08-28 06:00
Chief Justice Mogoeng MogoengPhoto: Deaan Vivier

Chief Justice Mogoeng MogoengPhoto: Deaan Vivier

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is set to present a prestigious lecture on “Transformative Constitutionalism” in Bloemfontein on Friday (30/08).

This is an initiative of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS).

The lecture is open for the public and is set to take place at the Bloemfontein campus at 18:00.

Chief Justice Mogoeng is the fourth Chief Justice of South Africa since the dawn of democracy.

He was born in the Goo-Mokgatlha village (Koffiekraal) near Zeerust in the North West in 1961.

In his lecture, he is expected to elaborate on the challenges, advantages and objectives of transformative constitutionalism.

Chief Justice Moegoeng is also expected to explain why the Constitution ought to be well-understood by South Africans.

The Constitution demands that all decisions be capable of being substantively defended in terms of the rights and values it enshrines.

In his lecture at the Stellenbosch University in 2017, former Chief Justice Pius Langa pointed out that: “The Constitution demands that all decisions be capable of being substantively defended in terms of the rights and values that it enshrines.

“It is no longer sufficient for judges to rely on the say-so of parliament or technical readings of legislation as providing justifications for their decisions. Under a transformative Constitution, judges bear the ultimate responsibility to justify their decisions not only by reference to authority, but by reference to ideas and values.”

The UFS management invited Chief Justice Mogoeng to speak at the university because of his influential role. He is also an ordained pastor who serves in several church structures.

He holds a B.Iuris and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree of the University of Zululand and Natal respectively, and an LLM of the University of South Africa (Unisa).

He has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree at both the North-West University and the University of Johannesburg.

He started his professional career as a temporary interpreter, and was later appointed as prosecutor in the North West High Court (Mafikeng).

He did pupillage at the Johannesburg Bar, and practised there as an advocate.

In 1997, he was appointed as judge of the North West High Court, and in 2000 as judge of the Labour Appeal Court. In 2002, he was elevated to the position of Judge President of the North West High Court.

He was appointed to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa in 2009, and was subsequently elevated to the position of Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa on 8 September 2011.

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