Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's bold declaration of his religious beliefs is, in fact, conducive to judicial impartiality.
The public needs a comprehensive and clear report on all issues pertaining to Marikana, and as soon as possible.
Threats to curtail press freedom by way of legislation, such as the Protection of State Information Bill, could well be extended in Zuma's next term.
The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal in the appeal involving the prosecution of Richard Mduli may have far-reaching implications.
If the accused intended to kill A rather than B but did kill B, murder could be a competent verdict.
Most of those reporting on Oscar Pistorius's murder trial have opined on the way evidence should be judged despite no legal training or knowledge.
Using a member of the NPA as an evidence leader compromises the principles of separation of powers and judicial independence.
Many members of the judiciary are uneasy about the draft Superior Courts Act norms and standards that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has prepared.
Severe challenges for the judiciary and its continuing role as a key custodian of our constitutional democracy will come to the fore this year.
A recent judgment by the Constitutional Court will help to develop accountability and transparency, qualities Madiba has reiterated while president.