Quote of the week

This is a book of desire denied, of what the pain of that impotence drives people to do, and how it makes them unwilling contortionists and even co-conspirators in their oppression. From ‘The Transformation of Harry’: “And there we all were; in an uncertain country, ourselves uncertain. A land with a sly heart; and ourselves ready to be deceived.” For if colonialism was any one thing it was denial: denial of land, denial of African culture, denial of any form of psychic nourishment—including hope—denial of black existence itself. And neocolonialism is the denial that any of that is still happening. First published in 1978, The House of Hunger speaks, or rather shouts, forward from its own time to 2017. Perhaps the most painful parts of the book to read are those that show how little has changed in thirty-nine years. For if colonialism was any one thing it was denial: denial of land, denial of African culture, denial of any form of psychic nourishment—including hope—denial of black existence itself. And neocolonialism is the denial that any of that is still happening.

Efemia Chela
On The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera
16 March 2012

Office of Chief Justice Media statement on “Leadership Conference”

MEDIA STATEMENT ON THE HEADS OF COURTS

RE: THE I CAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

16 MARCH 2012

Following media coverage on the notice sent to the Heads of Courts relating to a leadership conference; it has become necessary to put the matter in its correct perspective.

As indicated previously, the need for Heads of Courts to be offered leadership training was identified as far back as 2005. As a matter of record from the 4th to the 5th June 2006, Judges underwent leadership training under the auspices of the Stephen Covey Foundation. In July 2011, the Access to Justice Conference passed a resolution that leadership training be offered to Heads of Courts. This resolution was further endorsed by the Heads of Courts themselves at one of their regular meetings.

It is in this context that the invitation to the Heads of Courts to attend the John Maxwell l CAN Leadership conference or workshop must be understood. In this regard; at a meeting of the Heads of Courts in Johannesburg today (Friday, 16 March 2012); the Heads of Courts comprising the Chief Justice, the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the Judges President of the various Divisions of the High Court and Specialist Courts – the Heads of Courts present unanimously stated that they had not felt compelled to attend the conference. They further distanced themselves from suggestions that they were ordered to attend the I CAN Leadership conference; saying that they did not understand the correspondence to be ordering them to attend.

It became clear during the meeting, that the Heads of Courts had also understood the communication to be presenting them with an opportunity to enhance and strengthen their leadership capacity. The Chief Justice further commits himself to the principles and values enshrined in the Constitution and therefore would not engage in any activity that would undermine those values.

Ends.

Enquiries: Lulama Luti; Director: Media Relations, Office of the Chief Justice Tel: +27 (0) 11 359 7537 / 7570; Cell: +27 (0) 76 424 0667; Email: luti@concourt.org.za

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