Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
28 January 2016

Special Constitutional Court session for retirement of Justice Johann van der Westhuizen

Constitutional Court of South Africa

MEDIA RELEASE

A special ceremonial session of the Constitutional Court to mark the retirement of Justice Johann van der Westhuizen, after the completion of his twelve (12) year term on the Court, will take place in the Court on Friday 29 January 2016 at 10am.

The Chief Justice and other Justices of the Constitutional Court, as well as representatives of the Executive, Parliament and the legal profession will participate in this event. It is open to the public and to the media. Available seating may be limited.

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