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“CHIEF Justice and president of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA) Mogoeng Mogoeng was granted the Biko-Fanon Award for psychological liberation at the opening ceremony of the Pan-African Psychology Congress yesterday.

The award, given jointly by the Steve Biko Foundation, the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), the Pan-African Psychology Union (Papu) and the Fondation Frantz Fanon, is in recognition of the chief justice’s sterling contributions to public awareness, creating a singular source of hope for morality in the South African and continental citizenry.

Accepting the award, the chief justice said he was “humbled by the award and inspired to do much more than I have done today to serve the people of this country and the continent”.

“It is particularly more inspiring because it comes shortly after my election to the position of the structure responsible for strengthening constitutional jurisdictions in Africa and it comes from a continental structure,” he said.

Mogoeng was elected president of the CCJA at its fourth congress in April. He had previously served as vicepresident under Marie Madeleine Mborantsuo of Gabon. He will serve for two years.

President of Papu Prof Saths Cooper said: “This award comes at a moment when South Africa and the world have recently marked the 40th anniversary of the death in detention of Steven Bantu Biko, whose prescient writings exposed the psychological dimensions of oppression.”

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