The ANC yesterday paid tribute to the Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, for what it called his accomplished and impeccable career.
Moseneke stepped down from the second most powerful position in the judiciary after joining the Constitutional Court in 2002. Friday was his last day in office.
“We remain highly indebted to the Deputy Chief Justice for his lifelong and selfless commitment to the course of the struggle for liberation and advancement of the rule of law and the Constitution,” the ANC said in a statement.
“His remarkable mastery of the law, razor-sharp intellect and devotion to social justice has earned him respect and admiration both within and outside the legal fraternity.”
Moseneke was involved in the liberation struggle and joined the Pan Africanist Congress at the age of 14. At the age of 15 he was arrested and convicted of participating in anti-apartheid activity, becoming the youngest prisoner on Robben Island.
Moseneke’s meticulous judgments and fearless pursuit of justice and fairness, through which he championed the interests of the poor and the underprivileged, had earned him a special place among the greatest jurists in the country’s history, the party said.