‘I will not apologise for anything. There is nothing to apologise for’ — Chief Justice Mogoeng

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng speaking during a virtual prayer conference yesterday. LISTEN to his message at the bottom of this page (PHOTO: Zoom screenshot).

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng stated unequivocally yesterday that he will not retract or apologise for remarks that he made about Israel during a webinar on June 23.

Mogoeng, who has been facing bitter attacks from the ANC and other political and activist groups, and demands that he withdraw his comments in which he lamented the South African government’s one-sided approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was speaking at the conclusion of a three-hour, virtual, Africa-wide prayer meeting in support of his right to speak his mind as a Christian.

After emphasising the biblical basis of his remarks and his message of love for all people during the recent webinar hosted by The Jerusalem Post newspaper, he said: “Even if 50 million people can march every day for the next 10 years, for me to retract and apologise for what I said — I will not do it.”

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Yesterday’s prayer meeting was organised by Healing The Nation Of Africa Campaign, which Mogoeng agreed to lead in order to bring the message of hope, healing and restoration at a time of despair due to lockdown to mark an end to their 3days Esther Fast. This was done because they felt that the attack on Mogoeng was aimed not only at silencing him but the Church and anyone who prays for the peace of Jerusalem.

Mogoeng told yesterday’s prayer meeting that he faced similar attacks because of his Christian faith in 2009 when prominent people in SA and overseas opposed his nomination as a Constitutional Court judge, and in 2011 when his nomination as Chief Justice was opposed. Soon after his appointment as Chief Justice, lies were published in media claiming he had forced fellow judges to attend a Christian leadership conference.

“So it [attacks on him] has always been about my love for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and my devotion to Christ,” he said.

Summarising what he said in the webinar, in which he was interviewed with SA chief rabbi Warren Goldstein, on the topic of overcoming racism, he said that based on Mat 5:44, Psalm 122:6 and Genesis 12:1-3, he explained that he cannot hate anybody but can only love.

He said he told the Jerusalem Post: ” I can only love. I love Israel. I love the Jews. I love Palestine. I love the Palestinians. I love everybody. I don’t hate anybody. And I said I am even commanded by Psalm 122 verse  6 to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

‘So people — even politicians — want to tell me what to pray for. How can you condemn prayer? I said I must pray, meaning I must ask God. How can you condemn me for asking God for peace?”

Mogoeng declared to yesterday’s gathering: “I will not reject my God. I will not apologise for believing in my God. I will not apologise for being a Christian. I will not apologise for prayer. I will not apologise for holding on to the Word of God. I will never! Even if 50 million people can march every day for the next 10 years, for me to retract and apologise for what I said — I will not do it.

“I will never say I hate anybody or any nation. I will never. I love everybody. I love Israel. I love the Jews. I love the Palestinians. I love everybody — every nation, every people. I love.

“I said in that webinar those that those that are plotting against me right now, even to kill me; those who will plot to destroy and kill me even in 10 years to come — they are already forgiven. I meant it. Everybody who is insulting me. Everybody who is lying about me — whether Christian or not Christian — I love you and I forgive you. May God have mercy on you. May God reveal the truth to you, in the name of Jesus.

“There will, therefore, be not retraction. There is nothing to retract. There will be no apology — not even this political apology that ‘in case I have offended anybody without meaning to offend them, for that reason I …’. I will not apologise for anything. There is nothing to apologise for. There is nothing to retract. I can’t apologise for loving. I cannot apologise for not harbouring hatred and bitterness. I will not.

“If I perish, I perish. Like Esther said: ‘If I perish, I perish.’

“The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will sustain me. He has released at least five prophecies since the 23rd, saying that the battle is won and that He will personally fight it.”

Listen to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s message at yesterday’s prayer meeting:


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  1. Isaiah 62vers6,7 is an instruction to pray for the peace of Jarusalem.The task of a watchman is by appointment, it means being chosen for the divine privilege of composing history before the throne of God.This is not a racist or political issue. This is about a promise keeping God who is faithful to fulfill.Psalm 148:14 declares’and he has lifted a horn for his people, praise for all his godly ones; even for the sons of Israel, a people near him.The time has come that the disciples of Christ stand united before as never before.Let continue to unite in prayer and trust in our unfailing God for his intervention.

  2. Seating at a Conner of sufferings and sicking help of everyone including from Chief Justice. Having known how difficult is it to live without justice. Justice that can let me move, work and give my family what they expect from me as a father. sitting at a Conner where I am reminded that my freedom is a result of the late President Mandela just because someone who have accumulated capital means. Knowing that the people of Palestine are not seeking the wealth of Israel, but freedom. Freedom for them to be able to live in a world where they can claim Equal rights.
    I feel vindicated for the statements of my elder brother whom I much respect.
    I strongly believe that the People of Palestine have the same rights as everyone else in the world.

  3. CJ Mogoeng Mogieng stands firm in what he believes. The Constitution protects him on that. CJM, you are an unshakeable man of Faith. I will indeed follow your God. I am convinced that He works. Praise the Lord!!

  4. As long as we have leaders like you Chief Justice, there is hope for our nation. Leaders who love the Lord and have the courage of their convictions. I will continue to pray that God will bless you, protect and use you to achieve His purposes in South Africa. Respect.

  5. Judge they that judge you are already judge. You faith already won the Battle for you. Psalm 125:1-2 Trust! The God of Israel bless and protect you and family

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  7. Father Lord we rededicate South Africa back to you. We shall not conform to the things of the world. We will not change what your Word says to be accepted by the world. Exod 33:14 your Word tells us ‘my presence shall be with you and I will see this journey till the end’. Thank you Lord for we know at the begining we begin with you, during the journey you remain with us and at the end you will finish with us in Jesus mighty name.

  8. We stand with our Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, it is about time for Christians to stand together and Defeat the enemy, we thank God for is divine protection upon you ,we thank God for VICTORY

  9. I stand by the Chief Justice, for the greatest harm happens when you get neutral in a situation where you need to engage a gear. CJ, keep it up, for your God is a consuming 🔥 which will annihilate those trying to destroy you. Love is the greatest CJ, remain on that gear and you will see the power of God that no human being or politician can come close to. To God be the Glory!

  10. The Chief Justice is a courageous servant of God. We shall continue to uphold him in prayers. We thank him for setting an uncompromising standard of courage for us Christians.
    Truth and righteousness upholds a nation. God bless South Africa and Africa.

  11. Ismarelda Hangue

    I am a Namibian and a compassionate Jesus Christ follower and love the way you love God CJ,may the Lord God of love protect you,stay blessed! I was blessed by the Word of The Almighty spoken through you,amen.

  12. Stay Blessed👏

  13. You are a very brave and obedient man. God loves you and turns His face toward you and bless you. You can move mountains with your faith and I am sure that you ll be instrumental to many problems solved in SA. God bless you son of God!!

  14. Bishop Gugulezizwe Bhengu

    Amen and amen

  15. I stand by honorable Chief Justice Mogoeng.we are are instructed to love as our God is love.we are not Apologetic about CHRISTIANITY.

  16. Thaanyane Peter Kometsi

    My prayer for the protection of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Almighty God bless this Your servant, stretch out your mighty arms and your strong hands over him in accordance with your word in Revelation 2:12-17

  17. Rev Jabu Jiyana

    Chief Justice we thank God for your commitment to Him and His Word. We stand with you, there is nothing to apologize for

  18. Apologise for what? Do not do it Sir. Isreal is God’s nation, not any other god, our God’s nation and we are for Israel, we stand for Israel, we bless Israel, we love Israel, we love the Jews. Or should I say I. I LOVE ISRAEL AND STAND FOR HER.

    I am with you Chief Justice. If South Africa rejects God and everybody that He loves, they must do that alone. We as Christians love and stand for anything that God Loves, including Israel.

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  20. Rosemary Martin

    This Judge is truly a disciple of God, doing God’s work, without fear or favor. We must all pray for his protection. Can you imagine if we had a president with his morals. What a wonderful country this would be.