- Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng argues that most judges are immune to corruption
- However, he argued that the judiciary should be more independent
- He was adamant that not even the president should be able to interfere in the running of the courts
Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has said that South Africa's judiciary will never be captured.
He also said that the executive should not be involved in the appointment of judges, nor should it interfere in the operation of the courts.
Mogoeng made the comments in an interview with eNCA.
In Mogoeng's view, the judiciary was the least corrupt branch of government (as compared to the executive and the legislative branches). He also argued that judges were difficult to corrupt, as they are well-paid and receive salaries even after they retire, according to Business Live.
However, while he praised the judiciary, Mogoeng also acknowledged that many South Africans still did not have adequate access to justice. He explained that this was because many South Africans are unemployed and cannot afford to litigate, among other reasons.
Additionally, Mogoeng called for total independence for the judiciary, saying that the executive should have no role at all in the running of the judicial system.
He said that while courts were largely autonomous, to some degree they still fell under the ministry of justice. As a result, the minister of justice was occasionally involved in judicial matters, thus providing the executive with some influence over the the judiciary.
Mogoeng was adamant that no executive officials - not even the minister of justice or the president - should interfere in the judiciary's work, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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