Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says tensions are always present in a functional constitutional democracy.
Tensions between the three organs of the state is an indication that people are doing their work, he explains.
Chief Justice Mogoeng shared these sentiments with Bongani Bingwa.
Mogoent has been accused of crossing a line by stepping into the South African political arena.
I have heard people say that a judge should only speak on his or her judgments and others say that judges shouldn't be involved in politics. The constitutional democracy that South Africa has is highly political in character, even our judgments are highly political.— Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
As and when I am called to address a matter that touches on justice, I will deal with it.— Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
He was appointed in his position by former president Jacob Zuma and his appointment received a lot of criticism at the time.
The lesson we all could learn from my appointment is that it is necessary to be vigilant in identifying people who will are be going to assume positions of responsibility in our nation.— Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
I am grateful that there was that unprecedented level of criticism, it sharpened my resolve. When you are in a position of leadership, criticism will come. My faith has stood me in good standing and it continues to do so.— Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
He says society needs to be healed from a lot of things including the scourge of gender-based violence.
The preamble of our Constitution recognises that we are sick and it says we must heal the divisions of the past. And you cant heal anything other than sickness.— Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
We need to be healed of tribalism, ethnicity, racism, poverty and crime. There is so much that our society needs to be healed from.— Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
For the problem to be healed, there needs to be an identification of the root of where the problem comes from, he explains.
It is good to go for harsher sentences without neglecting the need to address the root cause of the problem.— Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
Mogoeng presented his annual judiciary report last Thursday, which showed how overburdened the courts were.
He called for specialised training for magistrates, police investigators, state prosecutors, and court interpreters to deal with sensitive cases involving gender-based violence.
We need properly trained police, trained prosecutors, magistrates and judges so that they have the speciality to deal with cases of gender-based violence.— Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
Moegoeng says he was recently approached with an R600bn offer to modernise the judiciary and he turned it down.
Why don't they go to the Treasury and give money there, why should I be approached directly and secretly?— Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
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