Who is the Chief Justice of South Africa? This is one question that any patriotic citizen in the country should be able to answer. Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has served the position for the past eight years. His appointment was faced with a lot of criticism. He has, however, served his potion diligently and has set a mark as the fourth chief justice in the democratic republic of South Africa. How about taking a trip down his life and unveiling the facts on what it took him to get to this position?
Mogoeng Thomas Reetsang Mogoeng, popularly known to many as Mogoeng Mogoeng, is the fourth Chief Justice of the democratic republic of South Africa. The latter has served the position for the past eight years. For the time that he has been in power, there has been a significant transformation in the country's judicial sector. He also serves several other positions that have greatly influenced his personality. You might want to know him more.
Mogoeng Mogoeng biography
These are some of the details of the current Chief Justice of South Africa that you might be interested in knowing more about.
Mogoeng Mogoeng age
The latter was born on 14th January 1961. As of date, he is fifty-eight years old. He spent the better part of his childhood in a small village called Goo-Mokgatha in the North West province. He grew up under the care of his mother and father, who, later on, passed on. His father used to work as a miner to make ends meet. His mother, on the other hand, was a domestic worker.
He was the eldest of his father's three sons.
Mogoeng Mogoeng wife
The latter married Mmaphefo Mogoeng, and they are parents to three children.
Mogoeng Mogoeng children
The Chief Justice of South Africa is the father of three children. His two daughters are Oteng, Johanna Mogoeng. His only son is called Mogaetsha.
Education and early life
The latter went to Mokgatlha Primary School and later on proceeded to high school. In high school, he was actively involved in politics. He even got suspended for trying to organise a memorial event for the victims that had been affected by the Soweto Uprising.
Mogoeng Mogoeng qualifications
Upon completing his high school, the latter proceeded to the University of Zululand where he pursued his B.Juris bachelor's degree in law. He graduated from the university in 1983. He then enrolled in the University of Natal for his LLB. In 1985, he graduated from the university with his Bachelor of Laws. He then proceeded to enrol at the University of South Africa where he graduated in 1985 with a Masters of Laws.
In 2013, he was honoured with an honorary doctorate from the North West University Mafikeng Campus. He was honoured for having a vision for an empowered, independent, adequately resourced and transformed judiciary in the country.
Throughout his study, he got speciality in the Law of Property, Law of Criminal Procedure, Insurance Law, Labour Law and Law of Evidence.
Mogoeng Mogoeng career
A career as a prosecutor
Between March 1986 and February 1990 the latter practised as a prosecutor of the supreme court in Mafikeng in the North West Province. In February 1990, he resigned from the position and opted to go for his pupilage at the Johannesburg Bar.
Upon completing his pupilage, he spent a couple of months working as an advocate in Johannesburg for the better part of 1991. During the last few months of 1991, he ended his membership with the Johannesburg Bar and became a member of Mafikeng Bar Association. At the same time, he also used to work with the Industrial Court, where he was a member.
During the time that he worked with Mafikeng Bar, he also served the position of Deputy Chairperson of the Bar Council. At the same time, he served the position of Bophuthatswana Chapter of Lawyers for Human Rights.
A career as a lecturer
Being the Jack of all trades, the latter also worked as a part-time senior lecturer at the University of the North West Mafikeng campus. As a lecturer, he used to take his students through the criminal procedure and criminal law. He served this position between 1992 and 1993.
Working with the Independence Electoral Commission
In 1994, the latter served in the legal section of the Independence Electoral Commission.
Serving as chairperson of different boards
Between 1994 and 1997, the latter served as chairperson of the following bodies:
- North West Parks Board, Agricultural Services Cooperation in North West Province;
- Agricultural Marketing Board in the North West Province;
- Agricultural College and the Agricultural School in the North West Province;
- Dirapeng (Pty) Ltd, Golden Leopards Resorts (Pty) Ltd.
At the same time, he also served as a member of the Black Lawyers Association (BLA).
Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng
In 1997, the latter received the appointment of being the Judge of the North West High Court. He diligently served this position for the three years that followed. In 2000, he grew ranks higher and was appointed as the Judge of the Labour Appeal Court. In 2002, he went another rank higher and was appointed to serve the position of Judge President of the North West High Court.
Other special positions and appointments
Besides serving the jobs that he has been appointed to, the latter has received several appointments that he has served. These are some of the special positions that he has got:
- He was a member of a committee of five judges that were mandated to look into the issue of gender discrimination and racism in the judiciary.
- He was appointed by the judges President to represent the judges in the Council of the South African Judicial Education Institute that was held in 2009.
- In 2009, he joined efforts with Judge Andre Davis, the Judge of the Federal District Court for the District of Maryland in the USA, to host workshops that discussed judicial case management in South Africa.
- In 2013, he delivered the Annual Human Rights Lecture during an event that was held in the law faculty of the University of Stellenbosch. During that lecture, he discussed on ‘The implications of the Office of the Chief Justice for constitutional democracy in South Africa’.
Nomination as Chief Justice
In September 2011, Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng got the appointment as the Chief Justice of South Africa. His appointment faced a lot of criticism from the political spectrum. By then, the latter was one of the most junior members of the Constitutional Court and had just been appointed less than two years prior. He, however, assumed office as per the requirements of his appointment.
Besides the numerous positions that he serves, the latter is also a religious man who serves a clerical position in the church. He is the pastor of Winners Chapel International Church in Highlands North, Johannesburg.
Mogoeng Mogoeng prayer
Being the believer that he is, the latter does not shy away from expressing his religious beliefs. In May 2019, the latter opened the sixth democratic Parliament where he presided over the swearing-in of the members of parliament. During the event, he did something that no one expected him to. He got down on his knees and prayed!
During his presidency elect speech, President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged the chief justice's actions and stated:
I want to thank you Chief Justice for doing an unprecedented act of going on your knees and praying, not only for this Parliament, but praying for our nation,
Mogoeng Mogoeng salary
According to a notice on the National Gazette, that went up in December 2017, the Chief Justice of South Africa was among the civil servants that had received a salary increment. The Gazette stated that the chief justice salary had been increased by 4%; hence, he was set to earn R235,255 per month.
Serving a high profile position like that of the Chief Justice requires integrity and honesty. These are some of the values that Mogoeng Mogoeng stands for and believes in. He has by far impacted the country's judicial systems.