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Serjeant at the Bar

Serjeant at the Bar

Serjeant at the Bar is a senior legal practitioner with a special interest in constitutional law.
    Outing of KPMG for 'Guptafication' role could have powerful knock-on effects
    Outing of KPMG for 'Guptafication' role could have powerful knock-on effects
    Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has rightly been condemned for his repeated, outrageous assaults on women. The one positive aspect of this...
    Public institutions remain at the core of state capture rot
    Public institutions remain at the core of state capture rot
    In the week in which the country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oliver Reginald Tambo, the man who steered the ANC from a...
    SCA ruling means Zuma has little wiggle room left
    SCA ruling means Zuma has little wiggle room left
    In 2005 Jacob Zuma, then the deputy president, was charged following the conviction of his erstwhile business associate, Schabir Shaik, on grounds...
    Ruling on party funding boosts transparency
    Ruling on party funding boosts transparency
    The private funding of political parties has been a long-running saga. Thanks to the sustained allegations of state capture, the question has...
    A lazy legal system can’t win against a regime that protects agents of corruption
    A lazy legal system can’t win against a regime that protects agents of corruption
    This commentator has complained for some time about the lethargy of those public institutions that are enjoined to enforce the law. In particular,...
    State machinery employed for nefarious political purposes
    State machinery employed for nefarious political purposes
    Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, responding to rumours about his private life, on Sunday spoke of the manner in which state machinery is employed...
    ANC, ignore the Constitution at your peril
    ANC, ignore the Constitution at your peril
    In The Wretched of the Earth, Franz Fanon, whose work has recently been thrust into the centre of South African political discourse,...
    ANC is blind to the real threat to governance
    ANC is blind to the real threat to governance
    We are living in two increasingly parallel legal universes in South Africa. In the first, the courts have resolutely decided cases without fear or...
    No-confidence vote: Baleka Mbete will have to put ethics before her allegiance
    No-confidence vote: Baleka Mbete will have to put ethics before her allegiance
    On August 8, the National Assembly will finally debate the latest motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. But before this date the...
    It's not over yet, Dlamini has everything at stake
    It's not over yet, Dlamini has everything at stake
    The saga of social grants and the role of the minister of social development is set to continue in light of the latest Constitutional Court judgment....
    State capture probe is a JZ delay tactic
    State capture probe is a JZ delay tactic
    President Jacob Zuma and the ANC have suddenly become keen on the appointment of a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state...
    Pioneer land ruling puts justice first
    Pioneer land ruling puts justice first
    The judiciary has found itself in the populist firing line recently, particularly after the high court in Pretoria held that the president had to...