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)
2 September 2010

Invitation to a Public Lecture by Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

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The Chief Justice of South Africa, the Hon. Mr Justice Sandile Ngcobo, will deliver the first Claude Leon public lecture on the topic:

“The importance of public confidence in the judiciary in South Africa”

Date: Thursday 16th September

Time: 17h30

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Building, Middle Campus, UCT

Please join us afterwards for drinks and snacks

RSVP: Rene 021 650 3072 or Rene.Francke@uct.ac.za

Sponsored by Juta Publishers

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