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Regard must be had to the higher standard of conduct expected from public officials, and the number of falsehoods that have been put forward by the Public Protector in the course of the litigation.  This conduct included the numerous “misstatements”, like misrepresenting, under oath, her reliance on evidence of economic experts in drawing up the report, failing to provide a complete record, ordered and indexed, so that the contents thereof could be determined, failing to disclose material meetings and then obfuscating the reasons for them and the reasons why they had not been previously disclosed, and generally failing to provide the court with a frank and candid account of her conduct in preparing the report. The punitive aspect of the costs order therefore stands.

KHAMPEPE J and THERON J
Public Protector v South African Reserve Bank (CCT107/18) [2019] ZACC 29 (22 July 2019)
7 November 2017

Claude Leon Foundation Scholarships for Masters students in Human Rights, Gender, Sexuality or Constitutional Law 2018

3 LLM scholarships (R100 000 each for 2018)

Prof Pierre de Vos, the Claude Leon Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty, invites suitably qualified applicants to submit applications for the above post-graduate scholarships. The successful applicants will be South African citizens who plan to embark on a Masters degree by dissertation in the fields of South African or comparative Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law or interdisciplinary studies on sexuality or gender. The dissertations will be supervised by the Chair in Constitutional Governance.

  • The successful applicants will have an excellent academic record. In making the selection, the selection panel will strive to select a cohort of recipients broadly representative of South Africa’s racial and gender composition.
  • The scholarships will be awarded for a period of a non-renewable one year term; and
  • The selected scholars will be required to provide reasonable research assistance to the Chair in Constitutional Governance, must be based in Cape Town and must be available for at least 5 hours per week to interact with the Chair and provide the research assistance.

For further information contact: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za or 021 6503079.

Applicants must send a covering letter indicating the reasons why they wish to pursue post graduate studies, accompanied by a full curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees, all available undergraduate degree transcripts and a short (no more than one page) draft proposal indicating the possible topic of LLM thesis to: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za by no later than 30 November 2017. The successful candidates will be expected to commence with work in February 2018.

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