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)
20 November 2009

Concerned African Scholars Publication – The Politics of Jacob Zuma

ACAS Bulletin 84 – The Politics of Jacob Zuma  – http://concernedafricascholars.org/bulletin/84/

Jacob Zuma, the President of Africa’s most powerful democracy since April 2009, and the recently chosen ‘African President of the Year’, arouses strong passions from his supporters and detractors. A longtime ANC official from a humble peasant background in what is now Kwazulu-Natal province, Zuma was picked by the ANC to be the country’s deputy president under Thabo Mbeki in 1999. The men, close colleagues during exile (and during the early years of negotiating with the Apartheid government), appeared to only enjoy a friendly rivalry at that point. So when it came to predicting who would lead South Africa when Mbeki departed the national stage, most observers did not think of Zuma as a serious contender. Read the rest of the introduction here.

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Introduction: The Politics of Jacob Zuma | Article in PDF
By Sean Jacobs

Presidentialism and its Pitfalls: Towards a theory of how not to understand the Zuma Presidency | Article in PDF
By Suren Pillay

Scoring an own-goal | Article in PDF
By Peter Dwyer

The Zuma era in ANC history: New crisis or new beginning? | Article in PDF
By Raymond Suttner

Why is the ‘100% Zulu Boy’ so popular? | Article in PDF
By Anonymous

Populism and the National Democratic Revolution in South Africa | Article in PDF
By Ari Sitas

Jacob Zuma and the evanescent legacy of nineteenth-century Zulu cosmopolitanism and nationalism | Article in PDF
By Hlonipha Mokoena

Tradition’s desire: The politics of culture in the rape trial of Jacob Zuma | Article in PDF
By Thembisa Waetjen and Gerhard Maré

Jacob Zuma’s Robben Island legacy | Article in PDF
By Fran Buntman

Review: Zunami! The 2009 South African Elections, edited by Roger Southall and John Daniel | Article in PDF
By Sean Jacobs

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