Chief Justice Mogoeng calls for ‘brutal self-inspection’ 

South Africans have abandoned the values of the Struggle to pursue wealth at the expense of the poor, says Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. 

He said the goal of the Struggle was not about individuals acquiring wealth, but about carrying forward the ideals of those who sacrificed their lives and families. 

“I challenge each and every one of you to make an introspection to see if you have betrayed what the Mxenges stood for. Do we think we have arrived where they envisaged this country to be?” 

Mr Mxenge didn’t get involved in the liberation struggle because he had nothing to lose. He deliberately chose to use his profession, not to amass wealth, but because of his love for his fellow South Africans, black and white. He must have known what happened to Bram Fischer; he knew what happened to Steve Biko, but because of the passion he had for his motherland, he carried on for what he believed was for the good of South Africa.” 

Judge Mogoeng said the Mxenges saw the bigger picture. 

“We dare not betray the sacrifices they made now that there is money rolling in South Africa and that we are able to attain status. Have we resigned ourselves to greed and selfishness? What have we done to ensure that we do something to take the country forward? Who said the Struggle was over while people still live in shacks?” 

He said South Africans were more absorbed with making money than dealing with race relations. 

“Do a brutal self-inspection. Avoid prophecies of doom because there is so much good about South Africa and sitting back and comfortable when there is so much to do is a betrayal of the sacrifices made by the Mxenges.” 

Griffiths Mxenge was killed by apartheid forces in 1981 and Victoria in 1985. 

Asked whether he was afraid when delivering his March 31 judgement against President Zuma and the National Assembly, Judge Mogoeng said: “I was not doing anything beyond the power vested to my office. If I cannot live through the irrevocable commitment I made to the people of South Africa, then I’d have betrayed the constitution. My judgement speaks for itself and I leave it to the lawyers to interpret.” 

“The judiciary, in the execution of its constitutional mandate, is to insulate against interference or manipiluation.” 


Chris Ndaliso – Weekend Argus