I would like to add my two cents' worth to the discussion about choosing Chief Justice Pius Langa's successor.
There are rumours that Judge Sandile Ngcobo will succeed Langa. Obviously Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke will be overlooked.
The reason given is the remarks he allegedly made - that it wasn't what the ANC (or the 3000 delegates in Polokwane) wanted that mattered, but what the people wanted.
I doubt if the non-appointment has anything to do with his remarks. I think it has everything to do with his political and ethnic affiliation. He is from Robert Sobukwe's PAC and a Motswana.
I find what was revealed in 1977 during an interview with one of Africa's foremost thinkers, Cheikh Anta Diop, instructive and edifying. It is that in many black countries much of what officially passes for attempts at eradicating tribalism and promoting national consciousness translates in reality to the monopoly of state power for an ethno-cultural and social elite, which belongs to an easily identifiable ethnic group.
Diop said this was true and dangerous. He also said that no ethnic group should under any circumstances be allowed to monopolise power . The worst is to promote the fusion of all ethnic groups in a country. He said when an ethnic group monopolises power to promote its interests, it is working towards a greater re-tribalisation of Africa. This runs counter to the progress of all African s and is detrimental to the best interests of Africa. Wherever such behaviour prevails it must be unhesitatingly condemned.
We are all part of a larger African human community. We must find the correct way of achieving the fusion of the various tribal individualities within the framework of the larger community. It is in that direction that history has been pointing, Diop concluded.
The ANC is paying lip service to African unity as well as reconciliation. African unity must be strengthened by all available means. National consciousness must be promoted and must supersede tribal and ethnic consciousness, whether partisan, social or sectional.
If ANC leaders were upset by Moseneke's remark, are they suggesting that they are above the people?
Then that makes nonsense of hollow statements such as batho pele, meaning people first.
Moseneke is more qualified and experienced than Judge Ngcobo. Moreover, he is the current deputy chief justice and has not been found wanting on transformation. So Moseneke is the logical successor .
The ANC shouldn't manipulate the judiciary and make a mockery of the justice system
Sam Ditshego, Kagiso