Modise urges South Africans to live up to Constitution

Modise says the questions raised by Bess Nkabinde on living up to the Constitution are valid and need to be answered.

Acting deputy Chief Justice Bess Nkabinde (right) has retired. Picture: Ihsaan Haffeejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise says South Africans have a mandate to move the Constitution from being an idea on paper to a reality lived by all.

Modise was speaking on the side-lines of a special ceremony to mark the retirement of Justice Bess Nkabinde.

Nkabinde delivered her final judgment in her position on Thursday, as her 12-year term has come to an end.

She was the first woman to occupy the position of acting deputy Chief Justice last year.

Modise says that the questions raised by Nkabinde on living up to the Constitution are valid and need to be answered.

“The question she’s putting pushes all of us to say are we really doing what we’re expected to do?”

She has praised Nkabinde for her handling of sensitive and sometimes challenging cases in her term.

“Most of her judgments relate to children, relate to gender issues, to women-specific issues and workers.”

Modise has called on Nkabinde to continue grooming more black women in the judiciary.

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