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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.
    An inquiry into state capture is good but criminal trials must not be impeded
    An inquiry into state capture is good but criminal trials must not be impeded
    Justice Raymond Zondo has earned a reputation as a most diligent, careful, experienced and thoughtful jurist. It was not surprising when he was...
    Mogoeng's 'very serious' attack on majority judgment difficult to comprehend
    Mogoeng's 'very serious' attack on majority judgment difficult to comprehend
    When does a court overreach and thus intrude into a domain exclusively reserved for the executive or the legislature? In an unusually harsh...
    Ruling on NPA boss upholds the Constitution
    Ruling on NPA boss upholds the Constitution
    You have to admire the lawyers who represent President Jacob Zuma and the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), Shaun Abrahams.
    What will become of Shaun Abrahams when Zuma is president no more?
    What will become of Shaun Abrahams when Zuma is president no more?
    There can be an irony about timing. Take two prosecution agencies, divided by 8 000 miles and differences in the public perception of their...
    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...