Johann van der Westhuizen

OPINION| Americans free to live under the gun. How’s that working out?

Another dreadful school massacre in the US raises the question: Will Americans ever get to grips with the ghastly phenomenon?

OPINION| Are some rights more equal than others?

There’s a tendency to blame the Constitution for not rectifying the nasty twins of poverty and inequality, but it and the courts cannot build houses, schools and a strong economy

False propaganda offends human dignity

Russia Today convinced me that Vladimir Putin is a liar and a power-hungry empire builder

Nonbinary? SA’s census excludes you

In legal history male terminology shifted after centuries to include females, but now we need to use nonbinary pronouns to include sexual identity

We need to think critically but honestly about our legal future

To survive our many problems we require creative thinking, with integrity; not vulgar populism as a blunt tool to capture power and glory

Vaccine conundrums to keep one up at night

Why do religious leaders feel no compunction to harm their followers, when they could ‘pray for the destruction of a satanic vaccine’ instead?

The world needs to take human rights seriously

Freedom of conscience and movement cannot be used as a reason not to wear a mask or to be vaccinated

‘White’ elephants haunt the minds of some JSC members

Striving for racial representivity does not mean there can never be a white judge on the apex court bench again

Scrutiny and robust debate are healthy for our courts

Every judgment in favour of the government is not an indication of a captured court. The fact that we may argue about findings publicly shows how far South Africa is from, for example, Turkey’s recent human rights abuses

Who the State Security Agency reports to should not depend on current roleplayers

Whether national security should be located inside or outside the presidency must be considered based on functionality and constitutional values

Covid controls limit our freedom, but free choices are rarely free

Dissident views on masks and vaccines should be heard but until science rules them wrong, it’s best to follow scientists’ advice

Litigation lust not the only way to resolve disputes

Courts do have a crucial role in political cases but alternative dispute resolution mechanisms should be considered

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