Mogoeng's statement was by far the most sustained and tenacious defence of the judicial institution by a sitting chief justice.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's bold declaration of his religious beliefs is, in fact, conducive to judicial impartiality.
Using a member of the NPA as an evidence leader compromises the principles of separation of powers and judicial independence.
The ANC government, in particular under the Zuma presidency, has strengthened the judiciary's independence, and findings otherwise are not factual.
That the ANC and its president, Jacob Zuma, have an adversarial relationship with the judiciary is no longer a matter of conjecture.
US Supreme Court chief justice, Margaret H Marshall, tackles SA judiciary's independence in this extract from the Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture.
A call to reform SA's judiciary does not mean judges' independence will be compromised, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.