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.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing in the face of evil and injustice…. The appointment of Adv Menxi Simelani to the high office of National Director of Public Prosecutions calls us to ask difficult questions: do we honour President Jacob Zuma or do we honour justice? If we honour justice, let us speak up against evil and injustice. – Father Jo Mangaliso Mdhlela, Anglican Parish, Thokoza in a letter to Business DayBACK TO TOP