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 October 2009

Public Lecture by Justice Yvonne Mokgoro on 13 October 2009

Prof Gerhard Lubbe, Dean of the Faculty of Law and

Prof Sandra Liebenberg, H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law,  University of Stellenbosch cordially invite you to a public lecture presented by:

Justice Yvonne Mokgoro

Ubuntu, the Constitution and the Rights of Non-Citizens

Date & Time: Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 6:30pm

Venue: J.C. de Wet Hall,  Old Main Building,

c/o Ryneveld and Victoria Street, Stellenbosch

Parking will be available in the Faculty parking lot

(entrance Victoria Street)

Refreshments will be served afterwards

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