Quote of the week

It is necessary that the integrity of the electoral process be maintained. Indeed, the acceptance of the election as being free and fair depends upon that integrity. Elections must not only be free and fair but they must be perceived as being free and fair. Even-handedness in dealing with all political parties and candidates is crucial to that integrity and its perception by voters. The Commission must not be placed in a situation where it has to make ad hoc decisions about political parties and candidates who have not complied with the Act. The requirement that documents must be submitted to the local offices of the Commission does not undermine the right to vote and to stand for election. It simply gives effect to that right and underscores the decentralised and local nature of municipal elections.

Ngcobo CJ
Electoral Commission of the Republic of South Africa v Inkatha Freedom Party
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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