28 Aug '11, 11pm

A Sexist Homophobe as South Africa's Chief Justice? Gosh, I Sure Hope Not

A Sexist Homophobe as South Africa's Chief Justice? Gosh, I Sure Hope Not

Until very recently few South African’s had ever heard of Mogoeng Mogoeng and when the country’s president, Jacob Zuma, announced the constitutional court judge as his preferred candidate for the newly vacant job of chief justice, even senior members of the judiciary were taken by surprise. Surprise has quickly turned to outrage and open hostility with the discovery that Mogoeng not only has relatively little experience compared to other contenders for the job, but is a political conservative, especially when it comes to issues of women’s rights and sexual orientation. As the country’s highest legal official, South Africa’s chief justice exercises authority over all of its courts and presides over the most powerful legal body of the land, the constitutional court. While nobody would be particularly taken aback by a Republican US president appointing a conservative judge, i...

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