More support for Mogoeng

2012-03-19 17:31

Johannesburg - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng should actually have invited the whole Cabinet and Parliament to the John Maxwell leadership seminar, the ACDP said on Monday.

"Scandals from some members of the judiciary and government reported in the media confirms the urgent need for our leaders to be exposed to John Maxwell’s teachings that do not impose his Christian beliefs on anyone," said African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe.

Last week, Mogoeng came under fire for sending an e-mail to colleagues on the bench asking that judge presidents and their deputies "make themselves available" for one of Maxwell's seminars.

Mogoeng has denied that attending the course was compulsory and that he was trying to force his own Christian beliefs on his colleagues.

Leadership skills

He said he was acting on a need to strengthen leadership skills in the judiciary.

The ACDP said Mogoeng was being picked on because of his Christian faith.

Maxwell is New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week's best-selling author, Meshoe said.

"Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng should not only have invited Constitutional Court judges to John Maxwell’s Leadership Seminar, but he should have also invited President Jacob Zuma, his Cabinet, all members of Parliament and all members of the Judicial Commission," said Meshoe.

Heads of Court said on Sunday they had full confidence in Mogoeng and would support him in his duties.

"The invitation was not to a religious event but to a leadership conference, which nobody was ordered or compelled to attend," they said.

"The Heads of Court wish to state that they have confidence in Chief Justice Mogoeng and that they will give him support in the execution of his duties as chief justice of the Republic, in the same way as they did with other previous chief justices."

Mogoeng is a lay preacher at the Winners Chapel International Church.

  • Mark - 2012-03-19 17:44

    And there would have been the same response, Kenneth.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-19 19:24

      Same old butt whistling from the receding insane religious fringes of humanity. These guys are the official political party of GOD in South Africa. If their god was real they would be running the show. In fact they are just the racist left overs of right wing extremism.

      Francois - 2012-03-19 19:29

      No, Rustic (and Wayne) there would not have been the same response, it would have been worse. Kenneth is notorious for the fact that his Bible does not contain the 9th commandment. In 1999 he promised the electorate that the ACDP will never work with the ANC (it is the same people that he is castigating now), but when the results for the province of KZN came out, who was the first to work with the ANC - KENNETH! Kenneth, let me remind you that: "Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbour". If you want to use parliament as your pulpit, it is fine, you are allowed to, but you must represent your constituency. Mogoeng does not have a constituency, he must uphold the constitution that does not allow discrimination on the basis of religion. Mogoeng cannot use concourt as a pulpit (especially if his Bible comes from the same place as yours, Kenneth.) If he cannot do the job and be a Christian at the same time, then he must resign as Chief Justice and at the same time Kenneth, until you say sorry, maybe you should drop the C from your party, you lying thief that made a quick buck by backing the ANC.

  • Wendy - 2012-03-19 18:06

    I've read many of these articles on various websites. One thing that strikes me is that the majority of the journalists and commenters miss the fact that that EVERY course leader brings his/her own worldview to the course. That could be religious, anti-religious or non-religious, thus bringing their own slant to the content.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-19 19:26

      Ja, ja, ja! Read the first line of Wikipedia about this guy. He is a evangelical religious fundie with an ulterior motive. Why don't you Xians just be honest and admit it?

      Wendy - 2012-03-19 20:10

      zaatheist - you seem to be missing my point. NONE of these course leaders are neutral. They ALL push their own particular worldview. Frankly, I find all of these things to be without value within an employment context. For the most part, they are just part of employers' effort to be seen to be training their staff, yet at the end of it all, no-one can do their jobs any more efficiently because of them.

  • Piet - 2012-03-19 18:28

    Why? They are to busy plundering the country!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-19 18:31

    Now we know why the ACDP shouldn't run the country. It is called THE SEPARATION OF POWERS. Religion separated from Government and the Courts separated from both.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-19 19:55

      Well stated.

  • Wayne - 2012-03-19 19:02

    Mr Mogoeng , well done Sir . Your intentions were good. You know what the Good Word says about Christians being persecuted :). At least one day , you can stand proud before the Lord .

      zaatheist - 2012-03-19 19:30

      And what would you be saying if the Chief Justice was promoting Islam? Moegoe and his evangelical American Jesus lovers hate gays, Jews, Catholics, all other non-evangelical Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and other non-believers in his insane version of what his imaginary god wants. That automatically should disqualify from the justice system.

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