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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.
    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...
    State's disregard for the law as alarming as the nuke deal itself
    State's disregard for the law as alarming as the nuke deal itself
    Over the past few weeks, the rule of law in South Africa has experienced a rollercoaster ride. The offices of the chief justice and those in...
    No confidence motion: On what basis could ConCourt find in favour of a secret ballot?
    No confidence motion: On what basis could ConCourt find in favour of a secret ballot?
    SERJEANT AT THE BARIn 2014, during and after the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, many public commentators became experts on the concept of...
    Just how far can South Africa's courts reach?
    Just how far can South Africa's courts reach?
    The increasingly desperate shape of our politics means the courts are moving into ever more fraught territory. Over the past decade, as Parliament...
    Could the chief justice theft have anything to do with Ntlemeza, Dlamini defeats?
    Could the chief justice theft have anything to do with Ntlemeza, Dlamini defeats?
    In a democracy, it is not every day that two ministers of state are harshly but fairly criticised by the courts and, within 24 hours, 15 computers...