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)
7 December 2009

Deadlines for comment to various legislative amendments

Social Assistance Act, 2004 Amendment: Regulations relating to the Application for and Payment of Social Assistance and the Requirements or Conditions in respect of Eligibility for Social Assistance: Invitation to submit comments on the proposed regulations to e-mail puseletsol@dsd.gov.za (for attention: Mr Puseletso Loselo) by not later than 16:00 on Friday 11 December 2009. (GG 32747, GN 1116, 2009-11-27
Social Assistance Amendment Bill, 2009: Comments to e-mail puseletsol@socdev.gov.za (for attention: Mr Puseletso Loselo) on or before 30 December 2009.The draft amendment bill is also available on the Department of Social Development’s website: www.dsd.gov.za. (GG 32761, GenN 1571, 2009-11-30
Annual review of the single exit prices of medicines and scheduled substances: Medicines and Related Substances Act 11 of 1965. For comment to the Director-General of Health, Director: Pharmaceutical Economic Evaluations by 6 February 2010. (GG 32684, GenN 1474, 2009-11-06
Draft Policy on free basic refuse removal: Department of enviromental affairs. For comment to obaloyi@deat.gov.za by 5 January 2010. (GG 32688, GenN 1476, 2009-11-06
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