“Commentary” Blog Posts

Opinion: Courts and Constitution plug the gap left by lack of political accountability

Dec. 2, 2016 (2 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

By Firoz Cachalia

Some years ago I brought back from Siena copies of two famous frescoes painted by Lorenzetti depicting good and bad government. The first shows idyllic scenes of virtuous rulers, happy citizens and a prosperous society; the second shows dystopian scenes of selfish rule, injustice and famine, thus ...

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Editorial: SA is courting abuse

Nov. 23, 2016 (3 months ago) — Comments

Increasingly, the courts are being called on to settle disputes that should be dealt with by other constitutional or political institutions.

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SA is awash with court cases between political actors. Hardly a week goes by without a civil society organisation or a political party ...

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Don’t wait for a beautiful leader, South Africa. Rather rely on the Constitution

Nov. 18, 2016 (3 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

A new collection of legal and autobiographical writings by former Constitutional Court judge,Albie Sach, offers an intimate insider’s view of South Africa’s Constitution. Sachs, who lost his arm and his sight in one eye in a bomb attack by the apartheid regime in Maputo, was appointed by ...

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Today’s no-confidence vote will either be a display of conscience or terror

Nov. 10, 2016 (3 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

By Mondli Makhanya

“Your conscience will not guide you, but ANC branches will.”

Those words were said by Water and Sanitation minister and senior ANC leader Nomvula Mokonyane last weekend, urging President Jacob Zuma to stand firm in the face of calls for him to do the right thing.

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The people must use public hearings to instil democracy

Oct. 6, 2016 (4 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

BY KGALEMA MOTLANTHE OCTOBER 05 2016

The medium-term budget policy statement that the minister of finance will deliver to Parliament towards the end of October, will again provide South Africans with a clearer picture of the priorities of our government. By updating the revenue, spending and borrowing projections for the ...

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Decisions on public money not that democratic when the majority is not heard

Sept. 29, 2016 (5 months ago) — Comments

By Steven Friedman

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Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

WHEN South Africans debate how public money should be spent, we can be sure that the voices of most of the people will never be heard.

The conflict over university fee increases is the latest example. We are told that "the students" want some ...

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PAIA has holes, but is not the only law giving access to information

Sept. 5, 2016 (5 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

BY RONÉE ROBINSON.

It is by now well established that the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) is the vehicle giving effect to the right of access to information, enshrined in section 32 of the constitution. This is an important right, albeit an importance easy to disrespect and disguise ...

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Compensation for Marikana victims to be settled in next few months

Aug. 19, 2016 (6 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

By Buchule Raba

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On Tuesday‚ the President’s office said that the government had appointed an actuary to calculate the quantum of each claim and was preparing to make an offer once all loss of support claims had been completed.

“Proposed amounts for settlement of the claims of unlawful detention ...

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Editorial:Politicians Must Bridge Chasms

Aug. 8, 2016 (6 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

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THE conclusion of the 2016 local government elections is an important and happy political moment for SA. Faced with the option of either retreating into tradition or accepting the responsibility of choice, South Africans by and large chose the latter.

"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves ...

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Finding Our Way Again: South Africa's AIDS Journey

July 18, 2016 (7 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

By Cyril Ramaphosa

HIV is a powerful enemy. If we want to defeat it, we must continue to be on guard.

Sixteen years ago an 11-year-old South African boy, tiny for his age, stood alone on a huge stage. He had a microphone in his hand and a smile on ...

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