Johannesburg - The SA Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has cautioned Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng against expressing his views on the country’s socio-political problems, including transformation.
IRR said Justice Mogoeng’s continued expression of his views risked compromising the impartiality of the judiciary.
IRR policy fellow John Kane-Berman described as disconcerting Justice Mogoeng’s recent Nelson Mandela Lecture - in which he stressed that the country’s judiciary wielded enormous power and that it had to use the Constitution as an instrument to effect transformation.
“The lecture constitutes a timely warning to litigants and/or defendants of the strong views the chief justice holds on a number of contentious issues,” Kane-Barman said.
He said this was not the first time Mogoeng weighed in on contentious issues confronting the country, adding that he had dismissed claims that the government had plenty of land for redistribution.