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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)
5 March 2007

John Qwelane on DA succession battle

John Qwelane, that old homophobe whom many white people love to hate because of his virulent views, has come out in support of Helen Zille for leader of the DA. Money quote:

Granted, she is white; but a woman leader would be another desirable factor in the stale doldrums of local male-dominated politics, and it would be a telling blow for gender equality. I love the woman to bits; she might be the reason I could vote for her party, instead of boycotting the elections. I believe that under La Zille, the DA would transform itself into a party for all South Africans.

John Qwelane loves Helen Zille! What next – Jacob Zuma declaring his love for Bulelani Ngcuka? Zackie Achmat professing a deep and abiding love for Manto?

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