Messages of support handed to former chief justice

Vivienne Myburgh national director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem South Africa hands messages of support from SA Christians to former chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) South Africa national director Vivienne Myburgh handed over a collection of personal messages of support from SA Christians to former chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at his home in Mafikeng last Sunday.

She told Gateway News that the handover was a sequel to a campaign in which the ICEJ, South African Friends of Israel (SAFI) and Bridges of Peace representatives handed over a petition with over 150 000 signatures to the President’s Office at the parliamentary buildings in Cape Town in June last year. The petition, which called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to support Mogoeng’s right to express his Christian views on Israel, was handed over at a time when judgment was awaited on his appeal against a ruling against him by the Judicial Conduct Committee which had ordered him to apologise for remarks he made about Israel during a webinar hosted by the Jerusalem Post. The ruling was subsequently upheld.

In January the ICEJ, SAFI and Bridges for Peace launched a campaign in which Christians were invited to send messages of support to Mogoeng. They received about 200 messages.

“We [Vivienne and her husband Marc] were blessed to be able to visit with the former Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and his wife, Mmaphefo at their home in Mafikeng on Sunday April 10th and hand over the file of messages to him in person. 

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“He expressed his great appreciation for all the prayers and messages received during the past months by Christians across South Africa and asked that we continue to cover him in our prayers.  God clearly still has a calling on this man’s life within our nation!” said Vivienne.

She appended Psalm 25:12-15 to her report on the messages handover —

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
    He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
    and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.

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