Mogoeng was ‘exemplary’ freedom fighter

CHIEF Justice nominee Mogoeng Mogoeng cut his teeth in the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), and was not an apartheid or ANC apologist. This is according to respected Durban Advocate and Leading BCM personality, Imrann Moosa

In a statement to the Judicial Services Commission Moosa pointed out that Mogoeng was chairperson of the University of Natal (Durban) branch of the Azanian Student Movement (AZASM) and a member of the Durban Branch of AZAPO in 1984.

Moosa said Mogoeng was part of missions to ensure the safety and security of Azapo members when there were tensions within liberation movements. He played a pivotal roll in this regard in Imbali in Pietermaritzburg and Mphopomeni near Howick in the volatile year of 1985. This work did not stop after he left Durban, He “assisted comrades returning from military training, and readily availed shelter and support to such comrades including at his home in Mafikeng.” the Advocate added.

His submission went on to say that during 1989, “it became clear that Mogoeng’s career, family and person were being placed in jeopardy”. This was when it was considered prudent for the formal association between the BCM and Mogoeng to be ended.

Moosa said he held the considered view that the debate concerning Mogoeng’s suitability for the position of Chief Justice is the kind of debate that ought to inform all judicial appointments. “I expect that the belated rigour with which he is being scrutinised will apply to all persons presently occupying judicial office as also those who aspire to do so in future.

“In the case of Justice Mogoeng wa Mogoeng, I ... confirm that his conduct .. was exemplary,” Moosa said.

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