Viva, Chief Jus­tice Mo­go­eng

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Un­der ex­treme provo­ca­tion from mem­bers of Cab­i­net, Par­lia­ment, ANC al­lies in the SA Com­mu­nist Party and labour fed­er­a­tion Cosatu, the South African ju­di­ciary has be­haved in an ex­em­plary and ju­di­cious fash­ion.

De­spite a cam­paign of in­vec­tive and threats, its mem­bers have not once risen to the bait of judge haters and have main­tained the au­thor­ity of the ju­di­cial sys­tem while fac­ing down those who have not done the same un­der our sys­tem of con­sti­tu­tional gov­ern­ment.

For this, South Africa’s chief jus­tice de­serves a vote of thanks and a badge of hon­our for this public ser­vice.

Chief Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng and his deputy, Dik­gang Moseneke, held a meet­ing with the coun­try’s heads of courts in July.

Here, they stated un­equiv­o­cally that the threats, ru­mours and in­vec­tive against the ju­di­ciary were ill-con­sid­ered and de­signed to sow dis­trust in the guardians of our democ­racy.

They stated the pre­cepts of con­sti­tu­tional gov­er­nance sim­ply and made it clear that they did not seek the leg­isla­tive hand, nor did they de­sire to gov­ern.

In a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and his Cab­i­net this week, the coun­try’s high­est judges re­layed the same con­sis­tent mes­sage.

Chief Jus­tice Mo­go­eng has held the ju­di­cial line with calm­ness and au­thor­ity.

He has done so re­spect­fully and not kow­towed, nor has he dis­re­spected the ex­ec­u­tive’s con­cerns about ju­di­cial over­reach into the af­fairs of gov­ern­ment.

Our judges are not pa­per tigers, nor are they a par­ti­san bench. We are proud of this.

So par­don us for the lack of ju­di­cial deco­rum when we say: “Viva Mo­go­eng, viva!”

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