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Serjeant at the Bar

Serjeant at the Bar

Serjeant at the Bar is a senior legal practitioner with a special interest in constitutional law.
    Justices disagree: Is this the beginning of the end of a divide in the ConCourt
    Justices disagree: Is this the beginning of the end of a divide in the ConCourt
    The United States Supreme Court has been deeply divided for many years between liberals and conservatives. In contentious political cases, the...
    ​Only the courts and citizens are left to fend off our lawless state
    ​Only the courts and citizens are left to fend off our lawless state
    State institutions are under the microscope as the sheer horror at the extent of the cancer in our body politic is exposed. This comes after the...
    ​Appeal court ruling sets parameters for protest at universities
    ​Appeal court ruling sets parameters for protest at universities
    Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down a judgment dealing with students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) who been interdicted...
    ​Abrahams could face legal action if his charges against Gordhan were unfounded
    ​Abrahams could face legal action if his charges against Gordhan were unfounded
    Occasionally a public servant fulfils all the expectations that he or she promised when appointed to his or her post. Such a person is Shaun...
    The endgame nears for Zuma and his NPA appointee
    The endgame nears for Zuma and his NPA appointee
    Last week, the Constitutional Court said it was not prepared “at this stage” to hear an appeal against the Pretoria high court order reinstating...
    How the Motsoeneng saga has damaged SABC's reputation and insulted the judiciary
    How the Motsoeneng saga has damaged SABC's reputation and insulted the judiciary
    Last week the SABC board announced that it would ask Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi to 
    Sars Wars: What does it mean to accuse Pravin Gordhan of being ‘above the law’?
    Sars Wars: What does it mean to accuse Pravin Gordhan of being ‘above the law’?
    Over the past few weeks, some politicians and commentators have suggested that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan must not consider himself to be...
    ​The Hawks have no case against Gordhan, which is going to be a real test for the NPA
    ​The Hawks have no case against Gordhan, which is going to be a real test for the NPA
    Without viable public institutions, a country is unlikely to sustain a viable growth path.
    SA should choose all public figures the way we're choosing Madonsela's successor
    SA should choose all public figures the way we're choosing Madonsela's successor
    Something strange happened in South African politics last week, which was not directly connected to the local government elections that have...
    ​Culture clashes over street names disturb the usual harmony of the ConCourt
    ​Culture clashes over street names disturb the usual harmony of the ConCourt
    The harmony that the Constitutional Court presents to the outside world was disturbed recently when members of the court differed vigorously over the...
    Prisons case gives final word on job equity: Plans must consider local demographics
    Prisons case gives final word on job equity: Plans must consider local demographics
    When he was the commissioner of correctional services, Tom Moyane, now the head of the South African Revenue Service, introduced an employment...
    Taxi-cab rule assures legal defence
    Taxi-cab rule assures legal defence
    What duties do counsel owe to the legal system beyond the narrow interests of their clients?