Quote of the week

In the fallout from the 2010 bidding round, the Qataris complained that they were taking the heat for a process that had also rewarded Putin and his kleptocratic regime. Why weren’t the Russians the ones in the firing line? Part of Qatar’s problem was that the Americans, from whom they had effectively stolen the tournament, began shortly afterwards to look into Fifa’s finances. A US Department of Justice inquiry into Warner, which ended up charging him with ‘wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering’, triggered the exposure of a whole raft of dodgy practices, including a proposed payment of $2 million from Fifa’s chairman, Sepp Blatter, to his deputy and anointed successor, Platini, which eventually led to the resignation of both men.

David Runciman
London Review of Books
28 January 2016

Special Constitutional Court session for retirement of Justice Johann van der Westhuizen

Constitutional Court of South Africa

MEDIA RELEASE

A special ceremonial session of the Constitutional Court to mark the retirement of Justice Johann van der Westhuizen, after the completion of his twelve (12) year term on the Court, will take place in the Court on Friday 29 January 2016 at 10am.

The Chief Justice and other Justices of the Constitutional Court, as well as representatives of the Executive, Parliament and the legal profession will participate in this event. It is open to the public and to the media. Available seating may be limited.

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