Mogoeng: I'm not racist

2013-08-12 11:32
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Cape Town - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has responded to remarks made by him on the transformation of the judiciary.

 “If I was racist I would be saying only black women should benefit from transformation. Maybe there is something wrong with my logic,” he said on Friday during the keynote address at the International Association of Women Judges at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s [UKZN] School of Law.

This follows a complaint laid by the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa’s Paul Hoffman with the Judicial Service Commission [JSC], which wants Mogoeng impeached on the basis that his remarks at a meeting of Advocates for Transformation last month were “evidence of a contemptuous and carefully orchestrated attempt to defeat the ends of justice and descend into the political arena”.

Chief Justice Mogoeng told the Advocates for Transformation meeting that a deliberate attempt was being made to delegitimise the JSC and intimidate it into recommending certain white men and, at times, certain women for positions on the Bench.

But UKZN Law School’s dean Professor Managay Reddi backed the chief justice and said calls for his impeachment were “shocking”, reported the Cape Argus.
“In some sections of South Africa today, discussions around ‘transformation’ cause such egregious consternations that persons from those sections of our society feel compelled to resort to such drastic steps as calling for the impeachment of the chief justice of our country for publicly discussing matters of transformation.”

She called the attempt to impeach him an “inherent conservatism and refusal by some culprits of apartheid in the legal system to share in the responsibility for transformation”.

An earlier version of this story carried the following headline: Mogoeng lashes out at 'white brothers', which may have been seen as misleading. News24 apologises for the error.
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