Racism is an em­bar­rass­ment - CJ Mo­go­eng

Observer on Saturday - - Focus On Sa Scene -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG - Chief Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng has slammed racism and la­belled it as a ma­jor set­back to the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

Mo­go­eng was giv­ing his key­note ad­dress at the open­ing of the con­fer­ence of the South African Union for Pro­gres­sive Ju­daism at the Tem­ple Is­rael Her­itage Cen­tre in Hill­brow‚ Jo­han­nes­burg‚ on Thurs­day night.

He spoke largely of racism‚ cor­rup­tion‚ the land ques­tion and the pe­riod of de­spair in which South Africans find them­selves.

“We need to end this em­bar­rass­ment. We know there is noth­ing be­hind skin colour. Why are we al­low­ing to be trapped by some­thing so use­less? We know that the foun­da­tion of the in­jus­tices of the past is racism‚“Mo­go­eng said.

While re­flect­ing on the vi­sion of for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela for a free coun­try that be­longs to all who live in it‚ Mo­go­eng urged the au­di­ence to in­di­vid­u­ally try and find ways to com­bat racism. He said that way South Africans would be able to fo­cus on more press­ing so­ci­etal is­sues.

Though the coun­try was hit by a rat­ings down­grade‚ he said that shouldn’t be a rea­son for civil­ians to lose all hope. “Be able to lo­cate hope even when ev­ery­one else is giv­ing up. You have racism‚ junk sta­tus and now it looks like a hope­less sit­u­a­tion‚“he added.

He cau­tioned against the coun­try tak­ing the is­sue of land re­dis­tri­bu­tion for granted.

“Don’t mis­lead in­vestors. Don’t tell them the land is­sue is not a prob­lem. It is a prob­lem. Who­ever comes into the coun­try must come with their eyes open‚“Mo­go­eng warned.

NO TO RACISM: Chief Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng.

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