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Mogoeng orders judges to attend Christian course

By Sapa | Mar 15, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 87 ]

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has raised serious concerns about the separation of church and the judiciary by ordering top judges to attend a leadership conference by an American evangelist

In an email sent on behalf of Mogoeng, to heads of court, judges president, their deputies and were “requested to be available” for an evangelical leadership conference that was held in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, on Monday, the Mail & Guardian Online reported.

The Mail & Guardian was in possession of the email sent by Memme Sejosengwe, the chief director of court performance.

Sejosengwe’s email was sent out “by direction of the chief justice” and “requested” the presence of judges including the judge president of the Supreme Court of Appeals, Lex Mpati, the judge president of the Western Cape, John Hlophe, and the judge president of KwaZulu-Natal, Chiman Patel.

Mogoeng told the Business Day that he did not compel any judge to attend the course. He said the reports were doing a “disservice to our country” to “take things out of context and to sensationalise”.

Since 2005, a committee looking into allegations of racism in the judiciary, headed by former chief justice Pius Langa, had identified a need for leadership training for heads of court, he said.

“So when I saw this, I just thought: 'wow, here is an opportunity to expose those colleagues who are willing and able',” Mogoeng was quoted as saying. “Nobody was compelled to do anything.” 

According to the Mail & Guardian Online a legal academic, who did not want to be named, said the language used in the email “was judicial language for 'you must go'.”

The legal fraternity was reportedly astonished and outraged by the chief justice’s order.

Mogoeng’s spokesperson, Lulama Luti, told the newspaper that none of the justices invited had attended the conference.

COMMENTS [ 87 ]

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Come on guys, you should all laugh at this. It is stated that none of the invitees attended. Why? Because they saw the their ''chief'' wanted them to acquire leadership skills just like his, and they declined the offer. Brilliant!

Mar 15, 2012 1:53 | 0 replies

This guys behaviour is disturbing - he has the IQ of a tree. Can we really learn leadership from a book that condones slavery, theft, murder and r@pe. And that big boat of animals - which is why there is life on earth.

Mar 15, 2012 2:17 | 0 replies

zaco

And if the next Chief Justice isn't a Christian? Will you support his desire to put HIS god first?

Mar 15, 2012 2:19 | 0 replies

@MGEEZ - next he is going to arrange happy clap music sessions by Barney the dinosaur. You will be ecstatic about that eh!

Mar 15, 2012 2:20 | 0 replies

zaco: Now that is just absurd and childish. I make no claims of being a legal fundi and that would be unneccesary anyway as this ridiculous suggestion as precious little to do with law. The man is clearly a nut case. The sheer arrogance of making the suggestion to people who are not even Christian is mind-blowing. I accept that you are Christian and all, and you are welcome to it, but I resent this insistence that all things claiming to be Christian are necessarily wise and correct. Religious freedom, remember!

Mar 15, 2012 2:22 | 0 replies

MommaC

This man is pioneering righteousness_ so if His statutes are entrenched upon there will be no need to eradicate them just because the successor aspires to establish his own upon what has proven to work perfectly.....with other words No one can beat the justice of God himself.

Mar 15, 2012 2:23 | 0 replies

robinH

i put a garantee stamp_ The laws of Righteousness of God are universal, u dont have to be a legal fundi to see they work and bring about grace upon the land...The man is more sane than your opinion.....excuse the intended pun.

Mar 15, 2012 2:26 | 0 replies

zaco

Which god?
If Mogoeng can change the statutes to suit his god then why can't the next one change them again?

Mar 15, 2012 2:27 | 0 replies

Pointman: Oh my. I can just see the absurdity of a bunch of bloodthirsty trigger happy thieves that it seems South Africans have become prancing about in a little circle singing "I love you. You love me. We're a happy family." between skirmishes on streetcorners. A wonderful image. Thanks. You have made my day.

Mar 15, 2012 2:29 | 0 replies

mgeez

sure my man.... thats the spirit! brothers of love__ lol

Mar 15, 2012 2:16 | 0 replies

RobinH

i bet you can do better___ u are more closer to the divine.........lol

Mar 15, 2012 2:15 | 0 replies