Quote of the week

An ‘important purpose of section 34 [of the Constitution] is to guarantee the protection of the judicial process to persons who have disputes that can be resolved by law’ and that the right of access to court is ‘foundational to the stability of an orderly society. It ensures the peaceful, regulated and institutionalised mechanisms to resolve disputes, without resorting to self-help. The right of access to court is a bulwark against vigilantism, and the chaos and anarchy which it causes. Construed in this context of the rule of law and the principle against self-help in particular, access to court is indeed of cardinal importance’.The right guaranteed s34 would be rendered meaningless if court orders could be ignored with impunity:the underlying purposes of the right — and particularly that of avoidance of self-help — would be undermined if litigants could decide which orders they wished to obey and which they wished to ignore.

Plasket AJ
Victoria Park Ratepayers' Association v Greyvenouw CC and others (511/03) [2003] ZAECHC 19 (11 April 2003)
9 April 2010

Announcement: Good governance in Land Tenure Conference

Good Governance Project

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Faculty of Law, NWU (Potchefstroom) cordially invite all interested parties from the judiciary, government departments, private practice, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions to a two-day colloquium on: Good governance in land tenure 22 and 23 April 2010

Venue: Faculty of Law, North-west University, Potchefstroom

The programme will, inter alia, focus on: • International perspectives on the meaning of good governance in land tenure • Good governance in land restitution, including pre- and post-settlement support • Good governance in land redistribution, including pre- and post-settlement support • Good governance in the reform of communal land tenure and land registration • Good governance in land planning

Reservations for attendance should be made no later than Monday 7 April 2010

THE PROJECT IS SPONSORED BY THE KONRAD-ADENAUER STIFTUNG

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