Moseneke: Quality education needs to be made more accessible

Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke says far too many people still don’t have access to quality higher education.

FILE: Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke delivered his last judgement as a judge in the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on 20 May 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke says far too many people still don’t have access to quality higher learning education, and 22 years later, there should be more universities.

Moseneke delivered the Annual Helen Suzman Lecture at the Gordon Institute of Business in Johannesburg on Thursday night.

He reflected on Helen Suzman’s life and her defiance against the apartheid system and her visits to Robben Island to check on the well being of political prisoners.

The lecture was well attended with stalwarts Ahmed Kathrada and Barbara Hogan among the attendees.

Moseneke warned that given the current litany of court cases involving politicians the courts may become too politicised and that there aren’t enough cases on social justice addressing the inequalities of the past.

Moseneke says quality education needs to be made more accessible.

“I think we should have more universities. We should have much more easier access financially.”

He also reflected on the Auditor-General’s report that found over R46 billion in irregular expenditure.

“We need to look after the money. We need to have proper governance, we need to induct honesty again.”

Moseneke says that while there is a narrative among particularly young people that the Constitution hasn’t helped address past inequalities, he says it’s the state which has failed to implement programmes to redress social injustices.

'SA COURTS RISK BECOMING OVERLY POLITICISED'

At the same time, Moseneke has warned that the country’s courts risk becoming overly politicised, if matters continue on the current course.

The former deputy chief justice says in a democracy, courts should have sufficient cases addressing social justice issues such as poverty and inequality.

“That is true also of many costly commissions of inquiry instituted by government, and headed by judges, only to give respite to differing political and state functions.”

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has said civic rights organisations are inviting the courts to run the country.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)