Mogoeng Thomas Reetsang Mogoeng was born 14 January 1961 in Goo-Mokgatha (Koffiekraal) village near Zeerust in the North West Province. He is the current Chief Justice of South Africa. He has been in office since 8 September 2011.

Here are top 10 things you probably didn’t know about him.

10. In 2013, Chief Justice Mogoeng received an honorary doctorate from the North West University’s Mafikeng Campus in recognition of his vision of an independent, empowered, adequately resourced and transformed judiciary in South Africa.

9. His father was a miner and his mother a domestic worker.

8. He was the chair of Lawyers for Human Rights’ Bophuthatswana chapter and a part-time lecturer at the University of Bophuthatswana (now North-West University)

7. He had failed to recuse himself in S v Dube, a case where his wife had appeared as the state prosecutor.

6. In October 2009, in President Jacob Zuma’s first raft of judicial appointments, Mogoeng was elevated to Constitutional Court, which is the highest court in South Africa.

5. He obtained a B Juris (Bachelor of Law) degree from the University of Zululand in 1983, a LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal) in 1985, and a LLM (Master of Laws) from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

4. In 2012, Mogoeng upheld a constitutional challenge by Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, of the minority Inkatha Freedom Party, to rules of Parliament that allowed an individual MP to introduce a Bill only if he or she first obtained the majority’s approval.

3. In 1997, Justice Mogoeng was appointed a Judge of the North West High Court. Also in 2000, he was appointed a Judge of the Labor Appeal Court, followed by his appointment as the Judge President of the North West High Court in 2002.

2.  Mogoeng became politically active at high school, from which he was briefly suspended for organizing a memorial to the victims of the Soweto uprising.

1. Justice Mogoeng is also a Pastor at the Winners Chapel International Church in  Highlands North, Johannesburg.

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