The Constitution is safe with Mogoeng - Judith February

Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng handed down a judgment on Thursday affirming the power Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete holds in deciding whether or not to hold a secret ballot in a proposed motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma..

Judith February, senior analyst at the Governance & Justice Division at the Institute for Security Studies and political analyst, together with Eusebius McKaiser, provided an analysis of the unanimous ruling by the Constitutional Court.

February admits she was sceptical of Mogoeng at first.

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I was sceptical of Mogoeng Mogoeng, I thought he was a man after Zuma's own heart.

Judith February, senior analyst, Governance & Justice Division at Institute for Security Studies and political analyst

But boy, has he surprised us. He is deeply ethical, deeply committed to the Constitution, to the rule of law, to reason.

Judith February, senior analyst, Governance & Justice Division at Institute for Security Studies and political analyst

February says because the ruling from the Constitutional Court was unanimous, it shows how the judicial body expects elected representatives to behave.

At his farewell, Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke had tipped Mogoeng Mogoeng to say, the Constitution is safe in your hands. And he was right.

Judith February, senior analyst, Governance & Justice Division at Institute for Security Studies and political analyst

February adds that all the cases and applications brought to the Constitutional Court should serve as important teaching moments, especially for younger South Africans. She says such moments are key as they set precedence for the future which will pave the way for a better South Africa.

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