Official Court Language: AfriForum Challenges Chief Justice Mogoeng

Current Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is seen after holding a ceremonial court session for the late former Chief Justice Pius Langa at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, Tuesday, 27 August 2013. The session was attended by members of the Langa family, friends, the judiciary and law academics. Langa died on 24 July 2013 at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, following a long illness.Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

AfriForum is set to take on Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng for his decision on the official court language.

The civil rights organization disclosed that several prominent academics and language activists, including AfriForum’s Alana Bailey and Annelise de Vries, have addressed an open letter to the Chief Justice on the issue

AfriForum specified that the open letter questioned the decision announced  that English would henceforth be the only official language of record in South African High Courts.

The civil rights organisation further divulged that an urgent appeal has been launched to get the Chief Justice involved in a meaningful engagement and consultation with all stakeholders regarding the future of official languages of record in South African courts. “AfriForum lobbies for South African language rights in general and Afrikaans language rights in particular.

“It is in the interests of all South African citizens that a multilingual approach is followed in courts,” contended the Forum. Meanwhile, the Chief Justice has been crowned 2017 South African of the Year by South Africans. In a poll organised Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gathered almost two-thirds of the total votes (63%).

It is believed the Chief Justice emerged winner for upholding the integrity of the Judiciary despite the thriving corruption in the country.

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