Quote of the week

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.

Plasket AJ
Victoria Park Ratepayers' Association v Greyvenouw CC and others (511/03) [2003] ZAECHC 19 (11 April 2003)
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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