Quote of the week

The unhappy fact that it is journalists, investigating organs of state and officialdom and the political class and their involvement in corrupt practices to loot the State’s resources, who, by so doing, attract the attention of powerful and influential persons who are capable of suborning the apparatus of the State to smell out their adversaries, cannot be ignored. The examples of abuse of the system have been addressed elsewhere in this judgment. Moreover, the respondents’ perspectives assume that the designated judge is not lied to and is diligent… In my view, in the absence of a rebuttal, this example illustrates a grave vulnerability in RJCA that such an apparent abuse could occur. The common cause examples of blatant lies being told to the designated judge further exacerbates the vulnerability of the system.

Sutherland J
Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Another v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others
4 September 2009

Unisa trans-border commercial law workshop

Unisa is organising a conference on trans-border commercial law. The workshop deals with commercial law implications of cross-border trade – so anyone encountering a measure of international dimensions would benefit. The organisers state that at least  three papers deal  with human rights and intellectual property protection, while other papers may touch on constitutional issues.

The programme may be viewed on their web site www.unisa.ac.za/transborderworkshop.

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