President Cyril Ramaphosa wishes Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng well in his retirement
As Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s term drew to a close on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa recognised him for a decade of “outstanding service and leadership. Today we pay tribute to Chief Justice Mogoeng for endowing South African jurisprudence and the democratic order more broadly with judicial integrity and resilience which has impacted positively on the lives of citizens and advanced accountability,” said Ramaphosa.
He said Mogoeng was leaving a rich legacy for the democratic culture, the judiciary, the legal profession and ordinary South Africans.
“Chief Justice Mogoeng’s leadership inspired a judiciary that was fearless in holding those in power to account and empathetic to the plight of individuals and groups in our society.
Of course, as a South African, I held and still continue to hold a different theological position with him. He’s a pastor. I am a theologian and there is no need to over-magnify the differences, but to celebrate him, to celebrate his contribution to the country, his sense of reverence to occasions when he was asked to preside over the gentle, ensure procession into parliament, the presidency of the Concourt and expressing his mind clearly and of course, with rationality.”
The Anglican Archbishop, reflecting on his working relationship with Mogoeng, has compared it with the one he had with the late former Chief Justice Pius Langa.
“I have worked with Chief Justice Pius Langa. I have enjoyed his slow temperament and of course, this is different from an exuberant Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. We all have different personalities and different giftings. I want to particularly thank him for his value-based lecture that he presided over on behalf of the Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust at the Walter Sisulu University – their inaugural lecture.”
Bidding Mogoeng farewell, Archbishop Makgoba has remembered some of the moments he shared with him, including when Mogoeng was part of a reconciliatory meeting on the Cradock Four, who were murdered during apartheid.
“I have shared occasions when we were reflecting on Calata and those who were killed in the Eastern Cape during the apartheid years and beautiful reconciliatory meeting where Verwoerd’s great grandson was in our midst. Whether you like him (Mogoeng), whether you don’t like him, wherever he was he forced people to think and to look beyond themselves. So, thank you so much on behalf of my family, (and) on behalf of the Anglican Church. Of course, we will not get somebody like you, as I said we differ. But we will miss your presence. Goodbye!
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