Corruption is a danger to South Africa’s democracy and it has been allowed to ingrain itself in our country.
These are the words of the country’s top judge, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
“Corruption is a threat to our Constitution and democracy,” Mogoeng told Netwerk24 in an interview.
“And unfortunately we’ve allowed it to almost entrench itself in our nation.”
Speaking a week after delivering the groundbreaking Nkandla judgment which found that the Public Protector’s remedial action was binding, Mogoeng said politicians cannot simply do as they please.
“You can’t do as you please because you’re a politician. The law applies to all of us.”
Mogoeng’s 2011 appointment as chief justice faced a great deal of criticism and protest, but that all changed with last week’s ruling.
“I do not want to be a hero. I don’t want to leave a legacy. It should never be a consideration. You have a job to do every month that you get paid for, and that’s what I do.
“I said that since I was appointed. My soul is not for sale.”