- Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has delivered the 17th annual Mandela Lecture
- The respected judicial head says it's unacceptable that SA is still battling with racism, unemployment and inequality
- Mogoeng highlighted the importance of an ethical judiciary in ensuring the implementation of the Constitution
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gave the 17th annual Mandela Lecture on Saturday at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus.
SABC reports that Mogoeng had condemned the fact that 25 years have passed since the inception of democracy in South Africa, yet the same challenges persist.
The top judge lamented the fact that the battle against racism, inequality, and unemployment still continues.
Mogoeng feels that the key to transformation lies in the Constitution and urged all citizens to know the rights enshrined in it.
An Ethical judiciary is a crucial element in implementing these rights, explained the most senior judicial official in the country, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Even the late president Nelson Mandela had acknowledged that the judiciary, along with the executive and legislature, is essential in achieving social justice:
“Because of the critical role that the Constitutional Court and the judiciary, in general, have to play in transforming our society through the constitution we owe it to this country and generations to come to make sure that we don’t have a compromised judiciary.”
State capture has placed a certain amount of doubt in citizens when it comes to the justice system, commented Mogoeng:
“Because there are times when you can tell certain people are being shielded from being asked critical questions and the question is when that happens who is doing it and what is the agenda?”
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