Mogoeng: They offered me R600m to 'modernise' SA courts but I refused

Mogoeng: They offered me R600m to 'modernise' SA courts but I refused

- Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is adamant that South Africa's courts will be modernised, despite funding issues

- Discussing the plans at a media briefing, Mogoeng claimed that he had been offered R600 million to help revolutionise the judicial system, but had declined to accept the funds

- Mogoeng explained that he had turned down the hefty sum because 'that's how capture happens'

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Mogoeng Mogoeng claims that he was offered R600 million to assist in modernising SA's judicial system.

Speaking at a media briefing on the release of his Judiciary Annual Report, Mogoeng explained that he had rejected the offer because 'that's how capture happens':

“I may have mentioned it to some that I was approached by somebody, offering R600 million so that we can modernise, but I know that person, I know that institution, I rejected it with the necessary contempt because that’s how capture happens. We don’t want to be funded in the middle of the night, however people may posture as benevolent givers of assistance."

While he refrained from revealing the identity of the person who allegedly made the request, Mogoeng detailed plans for the court system.

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Plans to overhaul the system include electronic filing, which would eliminate the need to transport court documents and streamline administrative duties.

The digitalisation of the system will give access to court matters and related information at all times, according to the chief justice, gathered.

Which specific person or institution offered him the large sum of money is anyone’s guess, as Mogoeng didn’t spill the beans.

While similar systems have been put into place in the US and China, Mogoeng says SA has a 'lot of work' to be done to achieve the desired results.

Admitting that funding was a 'major frustration', the apex judicial insists that 'good progress' has been made thus far.

Judge President Mlambo is currently supervising a pilot project underway in courts based in Gauteng.

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