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Serjeant at the Bar

Serjeant at the Bar

    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
    Civil society's role in vetting candidates for public protector has resulted in interviews focused on finding the right person for the job.
    ​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 judges are divided over a clean break from the apartheid past and cultural rights.
    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
    The Constitutional Court has ruled that the racial breakdown of particular areas must be factored in when jobs are redistributed in the public sector.
    Taxi-cab rule assures legal defence
    Taxi-cab rule assures legal defence
    There are no legal grounds for counsel to refuse to take on a case but there are ethical issues that suggest that this should be revisited.
    The local elections will go ahead, but the IEC’s failings have not escaped the Concourt
    The local elections will go ahead, but the IEC’s failings have not escaped the Concourt
    The Constitutional Court judgment has revealed a keen appreciation of the limits of state institutions.
    No matter how you look at it, Shaun Abrahams made a bad decision
    No matter how you look at it, Shaun Abrahams made a bad decision
    The National Prosecuting Authority head’s move can be seen as a ‘Stalingrad defence’; he should have gone directly to the Constitutional Court.
    Another week, another court case, another ANC defeat
    Another week, another court case, another ANC defeat
    Parliament’s inability to differentiate between itself, the state and the ruling party is shutting down free speech.
    New South African identity must emerge
    New South African identity must emerge
    Nuanced debates are needed to have meaningful conversations about South Africa, 20 years into our democracy.
    Courts could be called on to query Seriti commission
    Courts could be called on to query Seriti commission
    Commissions of inquiry rarely live up to the expectations of those who have demanded their establishment.
    Eight years on and the Hlophe case takes another turn
    Eight years on and the Hlophe case takes another turn
    Surely the two judges cannot expect their very own judicial colleagues at the Constitutional Court to change an obviously correct precedent?
    Did Zuma break his oath of office?
    Did Zuma break his oath of office?
    Concourt stated that Zuma might have been following wrong legal advice but that did not detract from the illegality of his conduct.