South African president Jacob Zuma has congratulated Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng who was recently elected as the President of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA).
CCJA is an independent institution established by constitutional judiciaries in Africa. The institution ensures that the judiciary arms in member states support and deepen democracy by upholding constitutionalism as well as the rule of law.
The body elected the renowned Chief Justice during the CCJA fourth congress hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The congress which was held on Wednesday based the discussions on the theme: “Strengthening the independence of the judiciary and respect for the rule of law”.
Having served as the vice president under Gabon’s Marie Madeleine Mborantsuo, the CCJA found Mogoeng worthy to be at the helm of affairs.
Consequently, President Jacob Zuma congratulated the Chief Justice, saying it is a great honour for the nation. Particularly, Zuma pointed out that the honour came just in time for Freedom Day celebration.
“We wish to heartily congratulate the Chief Justice on his election and wish him all the best in his new responsibilities. This election to such a key continental position demonstrates confidence and high regard for South Africa’s judiciary in the continent. This is a great honour for our country which happened on the eve of Freedom Day and just a few days before the beginning of Africa Month,” said President Zuma in his statement.
Likewise, in his acceptance speech, Chief Justice Mogoeng expressed delight for the honour while extending his profound gratitude to organizers of the event for making it successful. In addition, he pointed out that the importance of constitutional democracy can never be undermined because South Africa would not have come this far without it.