‘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.”

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. Glynnis Henning

    We stand with this Judge and we stand by Israel.

    • I support you Chief Judge Magoeng. I admire you for taking your stand, that nothing and no one will separate you from God. God bless you and keep you and His face to shine upon you. God is with you in this fight, you’re already overcame this battle. Keep on keeping on, pushing through, persevere in your faith in God.

    • Chief Justice Mogoeng this is for you ” The greatest want of the world is the want of men-men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.” We stand with you Chief Justice .Hold up the Banner

  2. Ettiene du Plessis

    We stand with You Chief Justice. We Stand United with Israel. Thank YOU JESUS. We ask that YOU LORD keep YOUR MIGHTY RIGHT HAND over CJ Mogoeng Mogoeng

  3. Mncedisi Elester

    Praise be to the God that we serve. We fully support Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. And we support Israel fully. We owe no man an apology for loving Israel and God. We are grateful to God for Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and all Christians who stand for the truth. The word of God is the truth. The Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng must know that we are praying for him. When we heard of what they say of him we took a day of prayer and fasting. And this we will continue to do it in our church. And I also believe that other Christians are doing the same thing. All of God’s children must awake and see what is happening in this world.
    Let’s stand for the truth. This is the the time for the church shine ( Isaiah 60)

  4. Lord Jesus bless the Chief Justice for his boldness and his unwavering faith in You!!! May Your precious Name be glorified over our beautiful country Sout Africa and Israel and the rest of this world!!!!! Halleluja!!!!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  5. Thank you Chief Justice for your unwavering faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Your prayer inspired me today. May God be with you and bless you.

  6. Johanna Engelbrecht

    Amen! Agree and stand with this Judge and by Israel. Trust in our living God in the mighty name Jesus Christ and He will direct your ways. Our God still has the upper hand and will always have. Judge Mogoeng is an instrument of God and will be blessed for standing strong in his faith. Thank you for his testomony. May there be revival in South Africa as well as in the whole world. May almighty God open the spiritual eyes of each and everyone so that they can repent and turn away from their wicked ways so that God can heal our land and lives in Jesus Name.

  7. Revd. Carole Meyer

    What an incredible and inspiring testimony of Scripture to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30) by Chief Justice Mogeng Mogeng. To God be the glory! Truly an inspired Man of God. May the Lord bless, protect and watch over you. You are Giant among men.

  8. You are an honorable man Bless you and may God continue to protect you! Your love is the only solution to the chaos in the world. He said love they Neighbour as I have loved you ! I’m so happy and relieved to have been introduced to this group which you are in ! ONLY GOD AND OUR FAITH IN HIM CAN LEAD OUR COUNTRY FORWARD !!!

  9. We stand with you my brother son of the most high God

  10. I am praying for you too Chief Justice.
    Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.
    Thank you for being obedient to the our LORD and his word.
    You are a great example and leader.

  11. The Lord be Glorified through your Servant Mr Justice Mogoen Mogoeng he is a pure example of a pattern of following Christ no matter what

  12. I stand by chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.I love the Lord of Abram, Jacob and Isaac.I love Israel and Jews.I love everybody and hate sin. I pray for peace of Israel and of the world.I join Chief Justice in prayer.

  13. When the church is silent amd fragmented, evil thrives. We pray for such leadership in the body of Christ, in our country and Africa. We tand with you Chief Justice Mogoeng. There’s no weapon formed against you that shall prosper

  14. I stand 100 per cent with Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and His right as the Bible says we suppose to stand with Israel He with Bless those that bless Her and curse those that curse if South Africa had wise leaders they would see that since we stopped supporting Israel our country has been under a dark cloud, wake up, wake up, stand up for Israel before its too late

  15. Yvonne Griffin

    We stand with you! We will never bow to any other god but our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
    May our Father give you strength !

  16. Audrey Surtees

    “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your habitation, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling:
    For He shall give His angels charge over you,
    To keep you in all your ways.
    They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
    You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
    The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
    Because he has set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him:
    I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
    He shall call upon Me and I will answer him:
    I will be with him in trouble :
    I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him,
    And show him My salvation”.

  17. Pastor Isaac Moshole

    Chief Justice Mogweng Mogweng. We stand by you and i am proud to be a Christian. You are truly the servant of God and a leader who lead by example. I also declare to love all the people irrespective of who they are and where they stay. I love the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob. God be with all of us. Our prayers are with you our leader Chief Justice Mogweng Mogweng. God bless us

  18. Naomi Van Rooyen

    The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jehovah is the man of war. His Mercy endures forever and ever, oh Praise His Holy Name. We stand with you Chief Justice. He that is for us greater than those against us..

  19. Mohale Sekhwela

    Thank you Chief Justice for being examplary. We are with you in this. God will not leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

  20. Emmanuel Michael

    Right behind you CJM

  21. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.John 8:32

  22. Very inspiring. Can’t say more. Thanks. Amen

  23. Siphelo Goduka

    Arise oh great JHVH and let all Your enemies be SCARTERD! Touch not my anointed ones and do my prophets no harm: says the Lord!

  24. Thank you Jesus for your faithful servant who is after your own heart. Let us keep on praying for him.

  25. Adekunle Peter

    A perfect example of a man that’s standing in the GAP for his people preventing God from destroying the land. Thank you our amazing Chief Justice. May your Gid lift you like Daniel.

  26. What a time to be alive.
    We thank God for CJ. A Man with Christ’s Backbone. Standing absolutely and without fear. Lifting the flag of Heaven painting the earth with Heaven’s colors. Surely it’s a thine kingdom come and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

  27. As much as I stand with Chief Justice on these matter of peace in Israel. Jewish people must repent from Apartheid and evil acts and accept Christ Jesus as their personal Savior

    • Bonang, I dont know how old you are. However even if you grew up in the 70’s I am sure that you are old enough to be aware of the fairness with which the majority of Jews treated the Black People.(not to mention the high % of Jews who voted for the more Liberal Political Parties). Mr. Mandela was initially given a job in a Jewish law firm, and there are many more examples. As far as your belief, well the Profet Tzfanya said:”Each man shall live by his belief”. The main thing is that everyone, no matter what their belief, should try and be better humans by acting righteously and doing charity.

  28. Amen, powerful and inspiring word

  29. Amen. We stand behind you. Lord bless him in everything he do and protect him.

  30. Pastor Oscar jacobs …… Abba FATHER in the Name of YESHUA, JESUS Have your way upon the life of our honourable chief. I declare and decree that no weapon form against you shall prosper, no tongue rises against him shall prevail.

  31. Thank you Chief, man of God. We are with you in our prayers. God Bless you.

  32. Sisa Soso Mfulana

    God is with you Man of God. You are not alone

  33. Amen Glory to God

  34. Amen to CJ Mogoeng. You are truly a Man of God appointed to this position for a time such as this. We need a voice of reason this perverse generation. Continue to be a Magnifier of His Name, a Model of His Character, a Member of His Family, a Minister of His Grace and a Messengr of His Love. May we all follow your example and be unapologetic about our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. May we pray for Israel and Palestine as we are commanded to love and pray for all people. 1 Corinthians 15vs58😊😊😊🤗🤗🤗🤗😇😇😇😇😇

  35. What a bravery Chief Justice. Persecuted for your faith in God but you’re still standing. I’m with you and I declare No weapon formed against you shall prosper. You have a stern faith and I love the way you represent God in an unwavering way. God bless you. If you were the president, this country would’ve changed and blessed. I love you sir.

  36. The God of Elijah, our Father in Heaven is defending Chief Justice Mogoeng. May He answer by fire. Soon the fire will be seen. May God be true

  37. Pastor Mukhuba

    We support you Chief Justice and may the Lord continue to cover you under His feathers. There is nothing to apologize for.

  38. I pray for you Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as instructed by Ezra 10:4, your task is not for the weak hearted. I love the fact that in the anulls of history it will be known that in South Africa there was a born again judge who wasn’t apologetic about his faith in God and the rights of Israeli-Palestinian people. Your utterances and your stance represent me too. I hold the same views as you on this matter. An attack to you is an attack on Christian Faith and those of us who believe in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Thanks be to God for putting you in that position in which you declared your faith unequivocally in the interviews 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  39. Nomakula Lufele

    I stand with you Chief Justice in the name of Jesus

  40. We ought to pray for the peace of Jerusalem that there may be peace in our walls and prosperity within our palaces. This is borne from love. This is the Word of God. So we stand by the Word and support chief justice for his stance. May God heal our land. May love to prevails against all odds.. Is all about love for Jesus. Glory to God.

  41. Mthetheleli Crosby Kolela

    Thank you for standing for what you believe on. May God bless you and protect you from all fiery darts of the enemy. Stay blessed

  42. Thank you Chief justice for standing between the dead and the living.

  43. We thank you man of God for standing firm we pray for more man and woman of God who will stand and not be shaken…Arise oh Jehovah let all your enemies be scattered..in Jesus name Africa will be saved.

  44. Bulelwa Mangweni

    We thank our God Almighty for raising a powerful man who fears Him and love Him unconditionally. Thank u so much CJMM for standing by God no matter what. U’r a true man of God. We stand with u always. All weapons formed against you shall not prosper, in the name of Jesus.

  45. Our Chief Justice is a man of principles who refuses to retract what he believes in .and what is the truth
    .. He puts his adversaries to shame! He stands out as a man of G – d ..a man of faith ..a man of the law. ..and a man of love. Long may he reign

  46. You are a Man appointed by God for such a time as this, May God shield you during the evil days where you are attacked and pursued to apologize for speaking love.

    We love you and Pray for you. Be bold and courageous for God is with you.

  47. Mzingisi Mahashe

    You are a man after God’s heart and we are inspired by how you are standing for the truth. We are in the world but not of this world CJ.

  48. The God that put you in that position will protect you, no weapon formed against you shall prosper. The devil is a liar.
    We pray for peace from our Lord,that suppress all understanding.

  49. Ethel Potgieter

    Thank you Father God for men and woman who stand on your word. Holy Spirit may we draw from you, encourage us and strengthen us. 2 Timothy 1:6-7
    “For this reason I remind you to “fan into flame” the gift if God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. Fir Gid did not give us a Spirit of Timidity but a Spirit of Power of Love and of Self Discipline.