- Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's tenure in the Constitutional Court is coming to an end after 12 years
- Mogoeng was appointed by former President Jacob Zuma in 2011 after being interviewed live on television
- South Africans have taken to social media to bid Mogoeng farewell and thank him for his service in the judiciary
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JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have shared their farewell messages to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who will be leaving his seat at the Constitutional Court on 12 October.
Mogoeng's 12-year tenure will officially end at midnight, making him one of the longest-serving Chief Justices in South Africa.
Mogoeng was the first Chief Justice to have his interview for the post to be televised. Mogoeng was also the first Chief Justice in the history of South Africa to head the Judiciary following an amendment in the Constitution.
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Mogoeng had not been working in his official capacity since May after taking a long leave, according to EWN.
Mzansi thanks Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng for his work
South Africans headed online to share their fond memories of the outgoing Chief Justice. Most people had nothing but praises for Mogoeng despite making controversial comments over the years.
Here's what they had:
"Mogoeng Mogoeng you did not compromise the truth you stand for. You served the Nation with distinction and you deserve to be honoured. We celebrate you! We salute you!..... Farewell CJ"
"It is quite befitting to give undivided salute to our outgoing Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. He made us proud by not dancing to the tune of those who think only those approved by them can rise to excellence. Farewell son of the soil and continue with the crusade of Gospel."
"Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was not a “mainstreamist”, he was willing to stand with unpopular renditions that offended “mainstreamist”. I have learnt that people who are labelled as controversial are actually the “real deal”. He served the country well, and he will be missed."
"A principled leader we had. You certainly served South Africa with absolute distinction and for that, re ya leboga ntate Moruti, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. May God bless the new chapter of your life."
"Mogoeng Mogoeng day! Proof that integrity and servanthood to Christ will always produce the better of us! You were unapologetic and led with power!"
"Without any doubt CJ Mogoeng Mogoeng is one of the best jurists is our history. A judge who refused to be bribed by the west satanic foundations something which you will never see anymore in SA. Quite eloquent and highly smart. May the wonderful God bless you Chief Justice"
"Listening to SAFM this morning; some people say that Mogoeng Mogoeng’s legacy as South Africa’s Chief Justice will be tainted by his comments on COVID vaccines and the Israel-Palestine conflict. In defence of Mogoeng, I say that’s BS!"
Mzansi has had its say, 8 candidates nominated for Chief Justice post, 2 facing impeachment
Briefly News previously reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is one step closer to appointing the next Constitutional Court Chief Justice as Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gives up his tenure for retirement.
For the first time, Ramaphosa allowed the public to bring forward names of candidates they would like to see as the next Chief Justice. The nominations had to meet certain criteria before they could be considered as suitable candidates.
The office of the Presidency has announced the prospective candidates and they included well-known figures such as the current Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who is the only candidate without a judicial background and Judge President John Hlophe who is on the verge of impeachment. Like Hlophe, Mkhwebane is also set to have a trial of impeachment.
Source: Briefly News