Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

29 May 2014

South Africa: God Help Us - Mogoeng Mogoeng Takes the Constitution to Church

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South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (file photo).

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On Wednesday of this week, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng made a speech at Stellenbosch University entitled Law and Religion in Africa: The Quest for the Common Good in Pluralistic Societies. It was an impassioned plea for a Christian makeover of the South African Constitution, in order to end adultery, fornication and murder. Mogoeng Mogoeng wants us to be governed by the laws of his God, whomever his God may be.

See, this is exactly the kind of thing that made everyone jittery about the appointment of Mogoeng Mogoeng as Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court in September 2011. He made it clear to the Judicial Service Commission, during his interview process, that he had the Big Man in the Sky on speed dial.

"I am one of those believers who believe that there is God and God does speak," he told his interlocutors. And now he wants to inject God--or, rather, the version of the Christian God he constantly WhatsApps--into the one thing this country has going for it: the Constitution.

No one believed we would get anything less than what we paid for with Mogoeng: a hyper-conservative Zuma yes-man with a Jesus Jones. He was a...

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South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (file photo).

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