Zuma nominates new chief justice

2011-08-16 13:24

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has nominated Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng as chief justice to replace former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo, whose term of office ended on Sunday.

In terms of the Constitution, Zuma has to appoint the chief justice after consultation with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and leaders of parties represented in the National Assembly.

"I have today, 16 August 2011, initiated the process of consultation by addressing letters to political parties represented in the National Assembly as well as the JSC advising them of my nomination of Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as my preferred candidate for the position of chief justice of the Republic of South Africa," he said on Tuesday.

"Justice Mogoeng, who was appointed to the Constitutional Court in 2009, brings several years of experience in the legal profession, including the judiciary," he said.

Mogoeng was appointed a judge of the North West High Court in June 1997, judge of the Labour Appeal Court in April 2000, and in October 2002 he became the judge president of the North West High Court.

Transformation of the judiciary

"He has demonstrated his expertise and keen interest in the transformation of the judiciary and the promotion of access to justice for all by being part of and also leading programmes and activities designed to promote court efficiency and transformation."

He was part of a five-member committee led by former chief justice Pius Langa which investigated allegations of racism and gender discrimination within the judiciary.

He had also organised workshops for judges and magistrates on leadership and sensitivity training as well as workshops for magistrates on judgment writing and trial administration, Zuma said.

In his capacity as chairperson of the North West Provincial Caseflow Management Forum he hosted annual conferences attended by key role players in the justice system.

These conferences addressed issues such as the efficiency and effectiveness of the justice system, restorative justice and non-custodial sentences, access to quality justice, and building the capacity of intermediaries and probation officers.

He now chaired the caseflow management committee which reported to the chief justice and the heads of courts.

In this capacity, he led the team that organised the groundbreaking access to justice conference held on July 8 to 10.

Mogoeng was nominated by the judges president to represent them in the Council of the SA Judicial Education Institute in 2009, Zuma said.

Mogoeng was born in Goo-Mokgatha (Koffiekraal) village, north-east of Zeerust, on January 14, 1961.

He graduated from the University of Zululand with a BJuris in 1983, and completed his LLB at the University of Natal, Durban in 1985.

In 1989, he completed his studies at the University of South Africa, where he studied an LLM concentrating on labour law, the law of property, the law of insurance, the law of evidence, and the law of criminal procedure.

  • Buic - 2011-08-16 13:29

    Here we go again

      Buic - 2011-08-16 13:54

      i dont even understand what the dislike is about "I just said here we go again"

      Komasa - 2011-08-16 14:03

      @Buic the reason why is there is a cross section of the political spectrum who have influence on the appointment.

      Sibusiso.J Mahlangu - 2011-08-16 15:47

      @Buic next time, try to make sense when you comment !! "here we go again" !! where the hell are you going ?? ok...GO THEN !!!

  • willieman - 2011-08-16 13:30

    I hope this dude is going to follow the constitution of this country not what the ruling party demand

      Tantrum - 2011-08-16 14:08

      Don't think so - Mogoeng Mogoeng - his parents didn't have the brains to give him a proper firstname - what do you think is going to happen? Tantrum Tantrum

      John - 2011-08-16 20:31

      Same old, same old . .

  • samzaG - 2011-08-16 13:31

    Judge Moseneke should know by now that no one is bigger than the anc, even the racist masters bowed down, who is he anyway

      Jack - 2011-08-16 13:36

      If you see 20 piles of dog turd mightier than one pile, then yes, I suppose you would be right.

      sekunjalo1 - 2011-08-16 13:39

      But we should be ashamed of ourselves as the country to appoint jurists because they want to do political favours. Moseneke is the best candidates and he has been the deputy chief justice for years. Moseneke must just leave the constituitional court and resigned. They do not like him because he has been questioning corruption. Banana republic here we come.

      Van-Der-Moodley - 2011-08-16 13:55

      @SamzaG 'Right, Justice Moseneke should know'..who is this moegoe?

      Notbuyinface - 2011-08-16 13:59

      @Sekunjalo, pleeaaase, how can you say Moseneke spoke against corruption? You forgot that he also has a trust and it got questionable deals from Justice dept. Just say you like him cos he also hates the ANC, that will make sense.

      umhlopo - 2011-08-16 18:47

      your goat also left you - sleep alone tonight

      Xolani - 2011-08-16 19:07

      ZamzaG Dikgang was the youngest political prisoner in robben island at 16 years he was involved in liberating this country. Ask Winnie Madikizela Mandela. When she was persecuted by apartheid south africa's security forces , Dikgang as the member of the PAC represented the mother of the nation. Where was Mandela and Zuma by then? the latter was in exile the former in robben island.Dikgang's name is written in the history books of south africa's liberation.

  • Sibusiso.J Mahlangu - 2011-08-16 13:31

    Well he is qualified, cant take that from him.......but when will a woman be placed in this position ??? seems like our president does not belief in women...

      sganja - 2011-08-16 13:51

      Yes Mr Mahlangu we can't choose people baased on gender, we need qualified people. Women cannot lead

      Steen - 2011-08-16 13:53

      Do we have qualified woman for this role? if yes i would also want to see a woman occupying this Position, i like what i read about this gentleman. i wish him the best.

      JadedJay - 2011-08-16 14:00 many instnaces women make immeasurable better leaders than men. How dare you say women can't lead, you chauvenistic cretin. Its because of idiots like you that women is South Africa are treated like dirt. Make that kind of comment towards a women in a real country and you will find yourself on the receiving end of a law suit. I hope one day you will be without the support of the women that support and lead you, so you can see how empty and pathetic your life will be. As for the original response re Zuma's view on women...that one is quite clear: he together with other ANC and ANCYL members treat women shockingly bad. Who can forget the rape charge that he crooked his way out of, and his collection of wives.

      RobinHood - 2011-08-16 14:04

      You will probably nominate Cheryl Cwele - she also has a miriad of legal experience

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 14:08

      he is qualified to get zuma's tjommies out the dog box

      sganja - 2011-08-16 14:43

      @JadedJay I'm not an idiot I'm expressing my views, in this present time women cannot lead while men are still there (Fact). Were have you seen a women leading in a positive way? Sorry if I offended you I realise that you have short temper...

      DJI - 2011-08-16 16:43

      Sganja > the best party in the country is led by a woman.

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-16 18:27

      sganja the chauvinistic racist,you outdo your record of stupidity every time!

      umhlopo - 2011-08-16 18:47

      no he does not he only beds them

  • Shotta - 2011-08-16 13:33

    Zuma has a mind of his own. I was hoping for a female chief justice in Sisi Khampepe.

      Valis - 2011-08-16 13:45

      Zuma has a mind?

      sganja - 2011-08-16 13:52

      Why did yu expect woman?

  • Jack - 2011-08-16 13:34

    Mo money ...Mo money...!!

  • Biko Lives - 2011-08-16 13:34

    As long as he not a darling of the whites like Thuli Madonsela or white in particular I will always support him or her! Good luck to our potential new chief justice and hope that he will fast track our transformation agenda of the judiciary!

      Tsidiso - 2011-08-16 13:39

      Tomorrow morning when you wake up and lookin the mirror you will still be a troll and following day and the following day and.............

      1SAIBn88 - 2011-08-16 13:41


      jeremy - 2011-08-16 13:41

      A good judge is a good judge, regardless of colour or sex. The ANC of 1994 brought transformation, morality and justice to SA. Unfortunately, the ANC of 2011 brings mainly corruption, inefficiency and nepotism - so you'll forgive some of us for being a bit wary about further transformation.

      samzaG - 2011-08-16 13:42

      Believe me Com any product of Unizulu is no nonsense, understand why Unizulu was on the news like that, Unizulu is a university of life my bro, there are cocconuts from there

      Grieta - 2011-08-16 13:44

      I thought it was about Justice now I hear it is about race! Siestog biko, do you have any friends? I have a number of black friends who can talk a lot of sence

      Steen - 2011-08-16 13:56

      @grieta, what are you saying about Black People?

      Asterix - 2011-08-16 14:16

      @ biko Thuli is revered ONLY because she is sorting out you lot of thieving racist bastards - 2011-08-16 14:43

      I happen to like Thuli Madonsela!!! am I white because I like someone who exercises her power without fear or favour? Especially in an institution that requires such of the person...

      umhlopo - 2011-08-16 18:49

      another clown that lost his goat

  • sekunjalo1 - 2011-08-16 13:39

    But we should be ashamed of ourselves as the country to appoint jurists because they want to do political favours. Moseneke is the best candidates and he has been the deputy chief justice for years. Moseneke must just leave the constituitional court and resigned. They do not like him because he has been questioning corruption. Banana republic here we come.

      samzaG - 2011-08-16 13:48

      no my friend he didnt question corruption, it was his political statement he made on his birthday, in that sence we dont need a judge that has political interest to cause anarchy in our country

      Underwhelmed - 2011-08-16 13:49


      Nkateko Sibuyi - 2011-08-16 14:15

      Moseneke is qualified as you rightly said but he should also know that as an academic you should not take sides when it comes to politics but advise. This is the same as the Pityana story.

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-08-16 13:46

    Who cares Jacob!!! Can we then speed up Cele's lease investigations also?

  • velly.ntoampe - 2011-08-16 13:48

    I will like to congradulate the Hounarable Judge Mogoeng wa Mogoeng for his appointment as the Chief Justice of the Repuplic of South Africa.HALALA CHIEF JUSTICE HALALA!!!

      sganja - 2011-08-16 13:52


  • Nero - 2011-08-16 13:48

    His master's voice...

  • Danie - 2011-08-16 13:56

    Amazing, a chief justice a product of Apartheid low class Bantoe education.

  • VELOCITY - 2011-08-16 13:57

    So, Jacob old boy; Moegoe Moegoe is your "preferred candidate" hey? If you prefer him then he must be "one of the boys" and willing to "play ball" when required correct? Yes, I thought so. One thing they left out in his resume above is that he most probable received a Cum Laude in "the Law of looking after the Comrades"

  • FATHERMOX - 2011-08-16 14:01

    Lets hope, believe, trust and pray that, the new elected chief justice: will put before his interests, the constitutional rights and nationalization principles.

  • Sean - 2011-08-16 14:04

    "Ok Moegoe, let's go over it one more time.... if this sh*t comes up again about the Arms Deal, you got my back, right?"

  • Freddie - 2011-08-16 14:06

    Seems well qualified... not the best candidate, but then again appointments in SA no longer are. At least he seems like he can do the job adequately, unlike our politicians...

  • Siphiwo - 2011-08-16 14:08

    Was expected

  • Bankai - 2011-08-16 14:10

    I doesnt matter what you do, right or wrong people will always be there to criticise if this Judge was a woman people would raise the rape issue if it was a white person people would think He Kiss ass. What the hell do you people want if you think you can do better why dont you become a candidate and run against Zuma apart from his previous scandals the President has done far more than most people can understand for a person of his qualification. First get your facts straight and then make constructive criticism. ANC is not the only contributor to the Country's worst, the apartheid regime played a signicant role to this south africa you think anc is presenting to you. Just Shut the Hell up and do something if you think you can do better. Damn. People dont even realise the global crisis affect south africa as long as we blame it on ANC they are crewed up I agree but what the hell are you doing other whine

  • Nkateko Sibuyi - 2011-08-16 14:19

    In politics you must always surround urself with people you can trust especially on key positions. Whether me and you like it,this are the rules of the game.

  • Flasheart - 2011-08-16 14:23

    Just another Moegoe...

  • Shivaskar - 2011-08-16 14:25

    The Chief Injustice appoints the Chief Justice!

  • mbusonicholasm - 2011-08-16 14:27

    the procedure here is the President apoints the Chief justice, so he did in consulation with other stakeholders , just live with it does everything in SA have to be color tested to acceptable

  • Khanya.McCutha - 2011-08-16 14:31

    I was hoping for a woman or white judge this time......Eisssssssh

  • Shrek - 2011-08-16 14:35

    Zuma has nominated this Justice as he knows that he will back Zuma all the way

  • YES - 2011-08-16 14:35

    Easy...lets allow the President to exercise his constitutional duty. The Constitution allows the President to pronounce his wish list and present it to the collective (leaders of opposition parties and JSC) which still have to decide who must become Chief Justice. Otherwise, the attack on the president or the candidate is unfair and uninformed. You can shout after a formal nomination has been made and a nominee has been officially announced, batho ba modimo!!

  • Tolerant - 2011-08-16 14:36

    You see Poly, he got his degree in 1985. Some people don't use apartheid as a reason why they were not educated.

  • epherb - 2011-08-16 14:43

    And prior to 1997??

      PSquare - 2011-08-16 16:20

      He was probably a magistrate, prosecutor, and blah, blah, blah. You don't expect them to list his entire professional career history on this one short article you?

  • Sisie - 2011-08-16 14:44

    Probably the easiest to bribe. But there again he is bought and paid for already.

  • rustic - 2011-08-16 14:46

    For the gvt to be able to influence the appointment of guardians of the law is deplorable.

      PSquare - 2011-08-16 16:24

      Government is the guardian of the law.... Parliament, Executive and the Judiciary all have different roles to play in the process of enacting and enforcement of our laws.

  • Jou - 2011-08-16 14:49

    so much for appartheid being hard on blacks...he seems to have done brilliantly...just goes to show!

      PSquare - 2011-08-16 16:28

      This proves the resilience of the human spirit. To be able to achieve one's goals and aspirations despite all the deliberate obstacles placed by an evil system (Apartheid). We shall overcome --- was the anthem for the black civil rights movement of the USA.

  • - 2011-08-16 14:59

    People! people! The State President has "nominated" the gentleman in question for the post. A whole process has to be followed before it is fait accompli, so let's wait and see what comes out in the wash. There is however no doubtwho is preferred and who is not and obviously there are reasons for this.

  • Molop - 2011-08-16 16:59

    whatever issues President Zuma has against Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Mosenke must have rub the President in the wrong way , How do you explain his deliberate omission of such an experienced jUROR who served as deputy to two chief justices. Zuma want tell us that Moseneke does not posess the requried academic credintial and experience requried for a chief justice, although all the people appointed take over as Chief Justices , from Zandile Ngcobo now Mogoeng Mogoeng are junior to Moseneke - sHAME ON YOU.

  • Dikgoshi - 2011-08-16 17:12

    For me, as long as the vacancy will be filled before it starts to impact on the country....... It is not as if we don't have a backlog of cases in this country you know....... Now for the appointment.........

  • george60 - 2011-08-16 18:09

    Sometthing wrong here, I thought 'apartheid' had not allowed any black to get educated? Well done judge, shows you where there is a will there is a way? He graduated from the University of Zululand with a BJuris in 1983, and completed his LLB at the University of Natal, Durban in 1985.Give this man a BELL!!

  • george60 - 2011-08-16 18:16

    Sorry judge Dikgang Moseneke you are the best candidate, I am white if I can vote I will vote for you. It seems a member that was part of the Thabo Mabeke regime is not good for the Zuma clan?

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  • the thinker - 2011-08-17 14:08

    i think mr president showed how big his iq is by not allowing people to push him into choosing a particular person of their choice.

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