MOGOENG ON APARTHEID

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CHIEF Jus­tice Mogoeng Mogoeng says the fact that apartheid is still a sen­si­tive topic for many, is an in­di­ca­tion that the coun­try has yet to make progress con­fronting racial ten­sions that still ex­ist in so­ci­ety. Mogoeng ad­dressed a packed

Resti­tu­tion Con­fer­ence held at the Town­house Ho­tel in the Cape Town city

cen­tre yes­ter­day. |

CHIEF Jus­tice Mogoeng Mogoeng says the fact that apartheid is still a sen­si­tive topic for many is an in­di­ca­tion that the coun­try has yet to make progress con­fronting racial ten­sions that still ex­ist in to­day’s so­ci­ety.

Jus­tice Mogoeng ad­dressed a packed resti­tu­tion con­fer­ence at the Town­house Ho­tel in the Cape Town yes­ter­day. “It’s like you’re ac­cus­ing your fel­low coun­try­men and women. It’s like you’re ac­cus­ing them of racism and heart­less­ness.

“There­fore, we’d rather sit back and not rock the boat and as­sume that our progressive Con­sti­tu­tion will some­how find its way into the hearts and minds of South Africans and cause them to au­to­mat­i­cally be­come what the Con­sti­tu­tion says we all ought to (strive for),” he said.

Jus­tice Mogoeng said com­pro­mises needed to be reached. “How do you ad­dress the prob­lem with­out mak­ing any­one feel evil?” he asked.

He added that the coun­try has been “tap-danc­ing around is­sues that we needed to con­front for far too long” and went on to say “that’s why we’re not mak­ing progress and it is dan­ger­ous, by the way, to con­front is­sues that are at the hearts of our lack of progress”.

On racism he said: “Let’s start at home – teach our kids right. Let’s de­velop so­lu­tions that are dis­sem­i­nated at that level.”

Speak­ing di­rectly to the Resti­tu­tion Foun­da­tion, Jus­tice Mogoeng told its mem­bers: “It is go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult to re­alise the ob­jec­tives that you as a foun­da­tion have set your­self to achieve, which we have set for our­selves as a coun­try if we’re ig­no­rant of what in­forms our lim­ited progress or frustrates our re­newed vigour to get to where we need to be.”

Jus­tice Mogoeng paid trib­ute to anti-apartheid ac­tivist Fort Calata, a mem­ber of the Cradock Four.

He said im­ple­men­ta­tion was cru­cial in achiev­ing the goals lead­ers have set out for this coun­try. “Find a group of friends. Be as wor­ried as Fort Calata. Remember what they (the Cradock Four) did? Small cells which meant no evil but de­signed to help South Africa.”

Jus­tice Mogoeng also high­lighted that land resti­tu­tion was an emo­tive is­sue. He said the Khoisan need to be pri­ori­tised and that women were still side­lined from the main­stream econ­omy.

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