Use Education to Make the World a Better Place – Chief Justice tells Graduates
One has to wonder what would have become of our country without lawyers like Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Pius Langa, said Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng during his inspirational address to Law graduates at UKZN’s Graduation ceremony.
The keynote address titled: “Our hope, Our future” was preceded by the 14th Victoria & Griffiths Mxenge Memorial Lecture which also saw Mogoeng motivate students to make a valuable contribution to the judicial system through upholding the values of the constitution.
‘I have known professionals and lawyers to be real decision-makers and game changers so now we are looking to you graduates because you are our future,’ said Mogoeng.
As a man who upholds the values of ethical leadership, Mogoeng advised graduates to adopt a spirit of patriotism and help the nation identify what could be done lawfully to build a just society for all.
‘We have economic challenges, so not everyone might find a job. However long it takes before you find a source of income, please make a vow to yourself to be a person of character and integrity because who you are will determine who your children will be and they will inform the type of community we are,’ he said.
Mogoeng added that graduates should aim to secure positions in international courts and to also get involved in shaping the youth to become future leaders.
‘International courts complain that they never see South African lawyers appear before them, this is a challenge you must take hold of. Regarding our youth, many institutions of higher learning and community structures are being burnt down and in most cases these acts are done by the youth.
‘Your graduation today is a great source of inspiration to those who are on the verge of giving up, so I encourage you to take the tension out of the law and help us solve our problems together,’ he said.