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)
12 May 2010

Proposals, Grants and Awards

Proposals, Grants & Awards

  • London South Bank University invites applications for the 2010 African Commonwealth Scholarship. Only 15 scholarships are available. The submission deadline is 17 May 2010. For more information, click here.
  • The Australian Government is calling for proposals for the AusAID Human Rights Grants. The grants support NGOs and human rights institutions to conduct human rights projects with direct and tangible benefits for at-risk populations. The submission deadline is 15 June 2010. For more information, click here.
  • Entries are invited from young designers, e-content creators, writers and bloggers for the World Summit Youth Award. The projects should aim at using the Internet and mobiles to put the United Nations Millennium Development Goals into Action. The submission deadline is 20 June 2010. For more information, click here.
  • To view other opportunities, click here.
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