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
26 August 2007

Maybe a Zuma Presidency wont be that bad…

Given the way the President has been behaving over the past few weeks I am seriously starting to wonder whether Jacob Zuma could be worse. At least we will have more fun with Mr. Zuma as President. Like this advert for the “Mshini Wam” ringtone. Not having dsiplayed much of a sense of humour since his elevation to the Presidency, adverts like this must drive President Mbeki nuts…

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