The past few hours’ social media has been up in arms about Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s prayer regarding the Covid 19 vaccine.
CJ Mogoeng’s utterances were “If the vaccine is to the advancement of Satan then God must intervene.”
Mogoeng’s sentiments have divided the nation with those for and those against his prayer. Freelance writer Motshidiso Chabedi and EW Blog editor, Ezekiel Kekana take a different look at the matter, with the former for Mogoeng’s prayer and the latter having a different take on the matter.
Why Mogoeng’s prayer was not wrong- Motshidiso Chabedi
South Africa’s constitution allows citizens to practice whichever religious belief that they conform to, and if one takes a closer look at all these various religions, they all have one common factor, which is prayer, now why is the nation up in arms over the CJ Mogoeng’s prayer?
Yes, understandably so his positions might carry weight when it comes to people’s thought process.
But does the fourth estate believe that the nation is naïve and unable to think for themselves should one feel that the vaccines might distort their DNA or beliefs then is it not one’s choice not to take the vaccine?
And if on the other hand a person beliefs and acknowledges the necessity of getting the vaccines shot is it still not their choice?
Again, are we not insulting our people’s intelligence by assuming that they would just follow blindly?
Is the fourth estate not then providing a much sensational narrative or serving a “certain” agenda?
Be that as it may, South Africans are mindful and intelligent people who can think for themselves, now can they not be trusted with the choice of whether to have a vaccine or not?
Anyway, that was a train of thought from an average South African, as you were.
Why Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was wrong to impose his prayer on South Africans- Ezekiel Kekana.
Justice Zak Yacoob once warned Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to stop ending his emails with ‘God bless you’ line. See, during Mogoeng’s early days as CJ, he had this tendency of signing off his emails with that line.
Justice Yacoob, an atheist of a high note, told Mogoeng that he does not want ‘Mogoeng’s God’ to bless him, because he lost belief in the existence of God, due to the fact God failed to give him his sight back(Justice Yacoob is blind).
What Justice Yacoob was warning Mogoeng was that he should stop imposing his God or religious beliefs on those that do not believe in his God or share his belief. While Mogoeng has a democratic right to praise and worship his God, but he has to respect the fact that people like Justice Yacoob did not share his religious convictions and beliefs.
While CJ Mogoeng got the message then, it seems South Africans now have to remind him about what Justice Yacoob warned him about years back when he was still at the ConCourt. By the way, DCJ Dikgang Moseneke can testify to that exchange between Justice Yacoob and CJ Mogoeng.
Look, everyone has a democratic right to pray and worship their God. Our constitution guarantees that to everyone, in as much as it also guarantees everyone to be atheist.
But in a secular state, everyone should just pray whoever or whatever they pray in their own private space, because, while they still have a right to pray in public, however, it might come out as them trying to impose their religious beliefs on those who do not share them when they do that.
It is even worse when you work for the same secular state like CJ. Listen, I am not defending anyone, because I belong to Mogoeng’s religious side, but I still believe we, all Christians, in our majority still need to adhere to the spirit of our secular state