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Serjeant at the Bar

Serjeant at the Bar

    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?
    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
    There was much relief that the Constitutional Court found a way to ensure the local government elections scheduled for August will proceed as...
    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
    When is it legitimate for a state institution to appeal an adverse order of a court? This question has again been raised after Shaun Abrahams, the...
    Another week, another court case, another ANC defeat
    Another week, another court case, another ANC defeat
    Another week, yet another defeat in the courts for the ruling party. This time, it was indirect, by way of a judgment of the Supreme Court of...
    New South African identity must emerge
    New South African identity must emerge
    Last week, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation sponsored a conference focusing on the first 20 years of the Constitution. Many of the significant...
    Courts could be called on to query Seriti commission
    Courts could be called on to query Seriti commission
    President Jacob Zuma proposed, the Seriti commission disposed. After years of political pressure and litigation, actual and threatened, as well as...
    Eight years on and the Hlophe case takes another turn
    Eight years on and the Hlophe case takes another turn
    This week, this column could be retitled “Only in South Africa”. A few weeks ago a unanimous Bench of the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an...