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.
Week of Action: 19 – 27 October 2010
A responsive and accountable democracy that can meet the basic needs of our people is built upon
transparency and the free flow of information. The gains of South Africans’ struggle for freedom are
This Bill fundamentally undermines the struggle for whistleblower protection and access to information. It
is one of a number of proposed measures which could have the combined effect of fundamentally
undermining the right to access information and the freedom of expression enshrined in the Constitution.
Join the Right2Know campaign’s Week of Action from 19
message to the South African government:
the Secrecy Bill (the Protection of Information Bill) currently before Parliament.th to the 27th October 2010 and send a clearStop the Secrecy Bill! Let the Truth Be Told!
Take Action Now!
“R2K”, followed by your name and town/city to 32759;
Show our support for the Right2Know: Sign the statement at www.right2know.org.za or SMS
representative of the Right2Know to speak at your event;
Organize public meetings, workshops, pickets, or protests during the Week of Action. Invite a
Burgess – you can call him on (021) 403 2911 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org;
Contact a member of Parliament and tell them your concerns. The chair of the Committee is Cecil
Write a letter to your local paper or call into talk radio explaining your concerns about the Bill;
Gauteng: March to
Support other events planned for the Week Of Action:
Tuesday 19 October, 12h00
Gathering outside Senate
House, Wits Jorissen Street,
Kwazulu Natal: March to
Thursday 27 October, 8h00 Gathing at Botha’s Garden,
Western Cape: March to
Thursday 27 October, 9h30 Gatheing in Kaizersgracht
Street, Cape Town
For details of other events visit www.right2know.org.za.
Contact the Right2Know to get involved, learn more about the campaign, let us know what you are
planning, or get support:
Mark Weinberg email@example.com 0214617211
Tendayi Sithole firstname.lastname@example.org 0114821913
Quinton Kippen email@example.com 0313049305
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