For the law to rule, it must be applied

The rule of law is a founding value of our democratic state, alongside equality, human rights and freedoms, non-racialism, non-sexism and regular elections. So says section 1 of the Constitution. Many South Africans rely on it and believe that it stands between us and the abyss.

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Johann van der Westhuizen
Johann van der Westhuizen, who assisted in drafting South Africa’s constitution, is a retired justice of the Constitutional Court, the founding director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights and a former inspecting judge of Correctional Services. The views expressed are his own

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