Democracy has always, in its broadest definition, been based on the rule of law. Currently, this premise reels under the pressure of recent events in the South African judiciary. A judiciary immune to political interference is crucial to a democracy, writes Ilse Ferreira.
Sedibeng, the district municipality comprising the municipalities of Midvaal, Lesedi and Emfuleni, is a district with a long-term plan that shows it is far from being reticent. The area is one of the poorest in southern Gauteng. Historically, the it was predominantly white and middle class.
“It is not enough for large legal firms to quote the number of black lawyers in their firm when vying for contracts,” says Mohamed Husain of Knowles Husain Lindsay, who has been intimately involved in the drafting of the Legal Services Charter. “Many lawyers of colour have been and are still being marginalised and kept from corporate and commercial legal work. This is one of the problems the charter seeks to rectify.”
A lawyer's duty must reach beyond the letter of the law, says Professor Christof Heyns, dean of the faculty of law at the University of Pretoria. But he believes students are not prepared for this because the education system is teaching law without context. “Pursuing and protecting the rule of law is the business of lawyers," says Heyns.
SAICA calls for a review of the mandatory minimum skills and qualifications required for all key financial management positions within the public sector
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'For the finance function to go beyond the numbers we need to be professional and we cannot leave out the financial control experts'