3 minute read
12 Oct 2021
6:15 am

Mogoeng did his job well, without fear or favour


Towards the latter stages of his 10-year term, Mogoeng showed an unpredictable side and a lack of discipline when it came to expressing his personal opinion.

Outgoing chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images

The person appointed to be the chief justice of any country is expected to be beyond reproach in his or her professional and private life – and to apply the law without fear or favour. Less often stated is that such a person should also steer well away from contentious subjects when in public. The jury, so to speak, is still out on whether outgoing Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will be remembered for his jurisprudence or his imprudence when it came to some of his public statements and positions. When he was appointed in September 2011 by then president Jacob...