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)
19 September 2011

Invite to Lecture by DCJ Dikgang Moseneke

Invitation to Claude Leon Human Rights Lecture

UCT Law Faculty invites you to the second annual Claude Leon Human Rights Lecture to be delivered by

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke

on 29 September 2011 at 17:30 in LT1 in the Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, UCT, on the topic:

“Striking a balance between the will of the people and the supremacy of the constitution.”

Snacks and drinks will be served after the lecture. Please RSVP to Rene Francke at 021 6503072 or rene.francke@uct.ac.za

SPONSORED BY JUTA PUBLISHERS

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