Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Friday defended the contents of a prayer he delivered at Tembisa Hospital on Thursday, saying there was nothing untoward about his actions because South Africa is a secular state.
Mogoeng prayed against corruption and COVID-19 vaccines, which he warned might seek to harm people. While answering questions at the release of the judiciary annual report for 2019/2020, Mogoeng said he was praying that God would to destroy any vaccine containing “666” – numbers Christians believed to be the mark of the devil.
“I’m not going to be begging for permission to pray – never. In public and in private, I’m going to pray all the more. It is my Constitutional right – I am a Christian and I am not going to be hypocritical.
“Being a robust Christian in public and in private, I pretend, maybe so that when I deliver judgments that are in line with my Christian principals, people cannot spot it. I’m not that guy. We need to be open and we need to be transparent and that’s where I am.”
The global community is racing to finalise experiments on a number of vaccines as more people die from the pandemic – with many countries, including South Africa – battling a second wave of infections.
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