As seductive as certain perspectives of international law may appear to those who disagree with the outcome of the interpretative exercise conducted by this Court in the contempt judgment, sight must not be lost of the proper place of international law, especially in respect of an application for rescission. The approach that my Brother adopts may be apposite in the context of an appeal, where a court is enjoined to consider whether the court a quo erred in its interpretation of the law. Although it should be clear by now, I shall repeat it once more: this is not an appeal, for this Court’s orders are not appealable. I am deeply concerned that seeking to rely on articles of the ICCPR as a basis for rescission constitutes nothing more than sophistry.
Fikile Mbalula, the deputy minister of police, is the latest member of President Jacob Zuma’s new government to confess a taste for luxury German cars. And his minister, Nathi Mthethwa, spent R235 000 on accommodation for himself and his security detail in one of Cape Town’s top hotels while his official residence was being upgraded. According to a written response to a question from the Democratic Alliance, Mbalula spent R1.6-million on a BMW 740i to use while he is in Gauteng and a Mercedes Benz ML500 with off-road trim and special seats for when he is in Cape Town.- Report in The TimesBACK TO TOP