Mogoeng Mogoeng is the current Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. he was nominated by President Jacob Zuma and appointed in 2011.
1. Tell us about yourself?
I believe in carrying out my duties within a short space of time without compromising quality of the service rendered. Honesty, respect for others, however low their station in life, love and caring for fellow human beings, transparency, as well as adherence to principles, define what I am about.
2. Describe your most enjoyable moment during your days as a student at Unisa?
As a part-time Masters student, I enjoyed the occasional engagement with my lecturers, especially my supervisor. The discourse was rewarding and the lecturers’ readiness to guide and their humility, especially then, was inspirational.
3. Describe your least enjoyable moment during your days as a student at Unisa?
I struggled with the Law of Insurance. It kept me sweating and the thought of it brought sorrow to my heart. When I ultimately passed it, my joy was without bounds.
4. How has your experience as a student at Unisa subsequently helped set you apart?
I majored in Labour Law. This helped me to be among the few black lawyers who served in the Industrial Court. Several years later, I was appointed to act in the Labour Appeal Court as a Judge. My Masters degree enhanced my practice as an Advocate and contributed immensely in my appointment as a part-time Senior Lecturer at North West University.
5. Your best advice for current students?
Be focused. Work hard. Watch the company you keep. Think always about the contribution you are going to make to help South Africa become a better place for all who live in it; your role in bringing about social-cohesion, by uniting and recovering South Africans across the racial and gender divide.