With Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, serving his last day in the highest office in the Judiciary, President Cyril Ramaphosa, expressed appreciation to the top Judge for service to the nation for the past 10 years.
Ramaphosa said Mogoeng served with integrity and resilience, something that had a positive impact on South Africans.
“Today we pay tribute to Chief Justice Mogoeng for endowing South African jurisprudence and the democratic order more broadly with judicial integrity and resilience, which has impacted positively on the lives of citizens and advanced accountability.
“Following a decade of outstanding service and leadership, Chief Justice Mogoeng leaves a rich legacy for our democratic culture, our judiciary, the legal profession and ordinary South Africans,” he said.
The president said the outgoing Chief Justice inspired the judiciary to hold those in power accountable
“Chief Justice Mogoeng’s leadership inspired a judiciary that was fearless in holding those in power to account and empathetic to the plight of individuals and groups in our society.
“This has deepened international regard for South African jurisprudence, for the integrity, effectiveness and efficiency of our democratic institutions, and for the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution,” he said.
Ramaphosa continued: “Having served the nation with such distinction since September 2011, Chief Justice Mogoeng is now able to devote himself to more of his personal interests, even though we know he will continue to be an important figure and voice in public life. We wish him well.”
Mogoeng was appointed by former President, Jacob Zuma, with many believing he will be sympathetic to Zuma in cases that involved and implicated him, but that wasn’t to be.