Chief Justice denies pushing Christianity

Mogoeng Mogoeng says religious values could help improve South Africa’s legal system.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says he did not try to superimpose Christianity onto other religions when he spoke at a law and religion conference last week.

Speaking at the annual Annual African Law and Religion conference at the University of Stellenbosch on 27 May, Mogoeng said the country's moral degeneration could be turned around if religion were to be factored into law-making practices.

Several legal experts have claimed he was wrong to try and mix the two, saying the Constitution says all religions must be tolerated.

But Mogoeng says most people who commented on his speech did not read the entire text and only heard the criticism of it.

He says he was really trying to start a discussion about whether our law could be improved by incorporating some lessons from religion.

Mogoeng says all religions preach love, caring and tolerance and thus they could have lessons for the law.

While people do have the right to commit promiscuous fornication, he says, many murders have occurred as a result of the broken relationships that follow when people indulge in such a practice.