Chaskalson’s dreams will be realised -Mogoeng

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has again hailed the late Arthur Chaskalson (R), saying his dreams to see a modernised justice system will be realised. Picture: AFP
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JOHANNESBURG - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has again hailed the late Arthur Chaskalson, saying his dreams to see a modernised justice system will be realised.

He said the commitment of the former head of the Constitutional Court, to making justice accessible to the majority, changed the way courts operated.

Lawyers and judges held a session at the courthouse on Thursday morning, in honour of its founding chief justice.

Chaskalson (81) died at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg in December.

Mogoeng said a court administration model that Chaskalson developed gave birth to a system that is being piloted in some South African courts.

He said he would soon announce the launch of the administration system, which he hopes will speed up court processes and make justice more accessible.

Meanwhile, Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel said Chaskalson believed the right to life was more important than any other.

“Rape, sexual and gender-based violence, including so-called corrective rape, are a direct assault on the rights to life.”

Nel said his ministry would re-introduce 58 sexual offences courts in a bid to curb crimes against women and children.