Quote of the week

The unhappy fact that it is journalists, investigating organs of state and officialdom and the political class and their involvement in corrupt practices to loot the State’s resources, who, by so doing, attract the attention of powerful and influential persons who are capable of suborning the apparatus of the State to smell out their adversaries, cannot be ignored. The examples of abuse of the system have been addressed elsewhere in this judgment. Moreover, the respondents’ perspectives assume that the designated judge is not lied to and is diligent… In my view, in the absence of a rebuttal, this example illustrates a grave vulnerability in RJCA that such an apparent abuse could occur. The common cause examples of blatant lies being told to the designated judge further exacerbates the vulnerability of the system.

Sutherland J
Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Another v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others
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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