Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says change will achieve the goals of the Constitution under ethical leadership.

Gia Nicolaides

JOHANNESBURG – Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says it’s time for change in South Africa in order to achieve the goals of the Constitution under ethical leadership.

About two weeks ago he delivered a historic judgment in the Nkandla case, saying President Jacob Zuma had breached his Constitutional duty by ignoring the Public Protector's remedial action.

Mogoeng was speaking at the Serious Social Investing Conference in Johannesburg yesterday, and there was no subtlety when he spoke about ethical leadership in the country.

“If anybody ever needed a bell to be sounded to say the time for the change we’ve all been waiting for, in every sector of our lives, including the economy - this is it,” he said.

Mogoeng didn’t mention Zuma during his speech, but made reference to other former presidents.

“I’m not too sure that it’s ethical for the president to be doing what was done with Monica Lewinsky by the way. Mandela is an example of ethical leadership.”

He said South Africa needs ethical leaders who can inspire and encourage to pursue a common goal.

“If there ever was a time to embrace ethical leadership, stop spinning, stop manipulating, stop relying on our supporters or sympathisers to do wrong knowing that our own doing will be covered up in some way - that time is now.”


Mogoeng said leaders in government and business need to take on an ethical approach in order for the country to succeed.

The Chief Justice ethics must be something that every individual aspires to.

“Absorb it and live it. Sleep ethical leadership, wake up in an ethical leadership mode. Even as you take a bath your concern must be 'what is it that I can do for my people?'.”

Mogoeng said integrity trumps competence because no one wants a competent leader who is corrupt.

The Chief Justice made a point of saying that there’s a need for change and South Africa needs ethical leaders, adding that one of qualities of an ethical leader is integrity.

He said another major challenge for the country is racism and how to deal with it.

Today, struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada will be addressing the conference.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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