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)
8 February 2010

Protest action: John Qwelane

Cape Town Pride invites our partner organisations, friends and comrades, human rights and LGBTI activists, and all those who are distressed and angered by the apparent appointment of Jon Qwelane as South Africa’s Ambassador to Uganda, to join us in a peaceful protest action.

When 13h00, Friday, 12 FEBRUARY 2010

Where Outside Parliament (Plein Street, Cape Town)

What Please bring placards and completed petitions, and water!

A document will be handed over to a representative (as yet unnamed) of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Contact persons: Laura Aukamp 072 512 1886 / Glenn de Swardt 021 425 6463

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