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.
He was laughing, he told me recently, because otherwise he would cry. A member of the government, his sense of the chaotic disorganisation that is the defining feature of so many national departments is driving him to hysteria. And it starts at the top. The presidency appears to be in a mess. – Richard Calland writing in the Mail & Guardian on the Zuma PresidencyBACK TO TOP