4 June 2014

South Africa: Mogoeng Debate - Let's Just All Calm Down to a Panic

Photo: Werner Beukes/SAPA
South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (file photo).


Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng wants more religion in our law. He wants religious groups to get more involved in the law-making process. He believes our law, and possibly our Constitution, can benefit from religion being infused within it. Last week he made a speech at a conference on exactly this - religion and the law - in which he spoke about why this would make a better life for all. After a certain reaction to it, he held a press conference at the Constitutional Court itself on Wednesday to clear up the mess. Sorry, confusion. There are those who are deeply troubled by all of this. But is it necessary?

The first rule of Chief Justice Fight Club: don't hold a press conference. Don't get into the position where you have to hold one. It shows a certain lack of control. I can't remember ever going to a press conference held by a Chief Justice speaking as just the Chief Justice. Sure, there have been press conferences at the court before; sometimes the Chief Justice has spoken as head of the Judicial Service Commission, and once the court itself held one about an international conference they were...

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