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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.
    Rulers bypass democratic accountability
    Rulers bypass democratic accountability
    Central to the constitutional scheme South Africa adopted in 1996 are the values of transparency and accountability. Ruling parties tend to adhere to...
    Three tries, three misses – Madam Speaker should be out
    Three tries, three misses – Madam Speaker should be out
    If the speaker of the National Assembly were a football team, she would have a set a record over the present season: played three, lost three. The...
    Tweets, race card don't cut it - JSC
    Tweets, race card don't cut it - JSC
    The judiciary possesses great power in a constitutional democracy. By virtue of review jurisdiction in particular, a court can set aside legislation...
    Constitution the winner in EFF victory
    Constitution the winner in EFF victory
    The Economic Freedom Fighters might assail the Constitution as they promote their populist rhetoric but, like the Democratic Alliance, they have also...
    Judicial activism can't just flout the Constitution
    Judicial activism can't just flout the Constitution
    Our Constitution envisaged that significant change to the legal system would be effected to ensure that the rules and principles that make it up...
    How far may judges go when airing their views?
    How far may judges go when airing their views?
    In November last year the deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke, delivered a speech reflecting on 20 years of constitutional democracy. His speech...
    ANC, not JZ, is the real threat to democracy
    ANC, not JZ, is the real threat to democracy
    The disturbances during the State of the Nation address caused an explosion of concern about constitutional crises and raised many questions about...
    Forging the shape of democracy will keep the courts busy
    Forging the shape of democracy will keep the courts busy
    The new year promises some challenging cases of considerable public importance.
    Judiciary can't defend democracy on its own
    Judiciary can't defend democracy on its own
    The deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke, displayed the intellectual integrity and courage for which he has been long known when he addressed a...
    Court torture ruling shows up Mogoeng's true colours
    Court torture ruling shows up Mogoeng's true colours
    When Mogoeng Mogoeng was appointed chief justice, there was a deluge of criticism concerning both his suitability for the post and the direction in...
    Justices fail to give a legal test for implementing equity fairly
    Justices fail to give a legal test for implementing equity fairly
    Questions about equality, race and equity in the workplace are difficult and emotive, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said in his introduction...
    It's time to bring the long-running Hlophe saga to an end
    It's time to bring the long-running Hlophe saga to an end
    In May 2008, South Africa was informed by then chief justice Pius Langa that the justices of the Constitutional Court had lodged a complaint against...