Quote of the week

Although judicial proceedings will generally be bound by the requirements of natural justice to a greater degree than will hearings before administrative tribunals, judicial decision-makers, by virtue of their positions, have nonetheless been granted considerable deference by appellate courts inquiring into the apprehension of bias. This is because judges ‘are assumed to be [people] of conscience and intellectual discipline, capable of judging a particular controversy fairly on the basis of its own circumstances’: The presumption of impartiality carries considerable weight, for as Blackstone opined at p. 361 in Commentaries on the Laws of England III . . . ‘[t]he law will not suppose possibility of bias in a judge, who is already sworn to administer impartial justice, and whose authority greatly depends upon that presumption and idea’. Thus, reviewing courts have been hesitant to make a finding of bias or to perceive a reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of a judge, in the absence of convincing evidence to that effect.

L'Heureux-Dube and McLachlin JJ
Livesey v The New South Wales Bar Association [1983] HCA 17; (1983) 151 CLR 288
27 March 2007

There’s a Zulu on my stoep…..

Now Jacob Zuma is reported to have had a braai with Steve Hofmeyer and Leon Schuster, amongst others (see left). Which makes one wonder, who is advising Mr Zuma? Steve Hofmeyer is, of course, South Africa’s own Neil Diamond, but recently he has been transformed into an anti-crime, pro-Afrikaner activist. Is Mr Zuma meeting with him because President Thabo Mbeki said the white crime whingers are all racist?

My response is: can it really be so important to be President that one would be willing to meet people who has inflicted their singing and movie making “talents” on the unsuspecting world?

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