Mogoeng defends the bench

2012-10-28 14:26

Johannesburg - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has launched a stinging attack on his critics and defended judicial independence, the City Press reported on Sunday.

Judicial independence would be limping if it meant only independence from the ANC, Mogoeng said at a retirement function for Gauteng Judge President Bernard Ngoepe on Friday.

"If for fear of being labelled pro-executive or conservative you feel intimidated into toeing a particular line so that you can earn the categorisation of progressiveness... then you are not independent," he was quoted as saying.

Judges should not be fearful of "vocal and well-resourced opposition party leaders" and "misinformation campaigns" in the media.

Critics of the judiciary should be very careful, he said.

  • tw2066 - 2012-10-28 14:45

    Moegwing is independant....and he has the ANCs permission to say so, thats why Zipper chose this guy. Independant my ar$e!!!

      thiru.moodley - 2012-10-28 15:05

      hey moeg(ooo) are trying 2 save ure job?

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-28 19:48

      This freak is a crazed lunatic, his past "judgements" attest to this verity, as does his outbursts during the interviews for the position of Chief Justice. I fear more for SA than ever before. As SA slides into the economic abyss, the ANC and its stooges - now with a madman at the helm of justice (the courts being the ONLY protector of minorities in SA) - the fascist regime becomes more fanatical, JUST AS IT PANNED OUT IN ZIMBABWE... What exactly does he mean when he says: "...Judges should not be fearful of 'vocal and well-resourced opposition party leaders'..."? I would say it is a direct judicial attack on the D.A. - one that overtly confirms that this crooked despot is anything but "independent". I suggest that the DA takes this matter up with utmost seriousness.

  • yar.wellnofine - 2012-10-28 14:56

    Moegoe You are living proof that judicial independence is under threat.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-28 15:04

    The man is going to be the. Best Chief Jusice we have ever hac

  • abner.malema - 2012-10-28 15:19

    You will be called names(stupid,unexperienced,corrupt) cause you're telling the truth not what the oppressors want to hear. The media will twist it to serve their European owners. They stoop so low that they block all comments pro-black.

      Shaun Daly - 2012-10-28 16:50

      Yeah, keep telling yourself that...

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-28 15:40

    That last sentence; is that a threat?

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 16:08

    What about Jeremy Gauntlet,wher's the report.

  • - 2012-10-28 17:34

    Mr Chief Justice. If you are independent and look after the rights of the WHOLE of SA can you please clarify the following for me. 1. Why is access to courts denied people without money or very expensive legal service. 2. Why is the majority cases heard in the Constitutional Court political and only have bearing on political connected people. (Normally they get the benefit as well). 3. Does the judiciary service only the "more equal" people or is it open to all. I do not give a hoot for politics but justice should be for all, not only the rich and "correct" politically connected.

  • Michael - 2012-10-28 18:11

    Zuma is the best president we have ever had, look at office of Thuli Madonsela, look at the chief justice, these are people who were appointed by Zuma, cant you give the man credit he deserves?

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-10-28 19:15

      He deserves credit for very little

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-10-28 20:44

    Toeing the lapdog line of supporting this heinous tribal assault on Democratic principles and the very checks and balances 'bastions' of our frail constitution is NOT transforming the Judiciary BUT LEANING IN EXACTLY THE WRONG DIRECTION UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY. The further insult to rob Democratic institutes to redevelop the failing royal traditionals is unacceptable - yet this is what you have been 'deployed' for by the most insipid populist that has ever pulled the wool over everyone's eyes for too long. The royals in SA are NOT tempered in the same manner as have been those around the rest of the world. YOUR Judicial institute should also have placed teachings of the processes and benefits of Democracy amongst the majority of our people - a matter which has been entirely derelict from every single quarter of your masters voice the now ANC-PF. The levels of racism both institutionlised and overt or murmured surreptitiously is in direct conflict with the aims that were fought for. Ignoring and averting nomination of one of the most astute persons in the WORLD from the bench in Gauntlet is just another notch on your tribal traditional tainted totem pole.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-10-29 06:30

    Hi Judge, will you be "independent" when it comes to putting away the chief of thiefs? Time will tell

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-29 06:45

      NEVA!!! he will step aside on some or other excuse.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-29 07:08

      Research many years ago led me to an interesting article: "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes"....meaning, (sorry to legal scholars here), "who will guard the guards"...or "who will watch the watchmen" version is .....who will judge the judges? At a salary of in excess, of R1 milliona year, pension, full medical aid etc, OH and if the married judge dies, the widow get the full benefits, its a good career ne? Just saying....

  • jakobus.thulasizwe - 2012-10-29 07:43

    The man was not supposed to be there in the first place. This is a position that was supposed to be taken up by a well experienced Judge, Honorable Justice Dikgang Moseneke. He is now uttering despicable staements to please his master. shame!!

  • jakobus.thulasizwe - 2012-10-29 07:46

    He is trying to follw on the foot step of the so-called Chief Judge of Western Cape, who tried to manipulate the Constittutional Court Judges.

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