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Media release: Police oversight regime is constitutionally inadequate

 06 Nov 18
New research by the Rule of Law Project has revealed that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act (IPID Act) contravenes certain notions of the Rule of Law, as contained in section 1(c) of the Constitution, as well as the provisions in t…

Stop making laws to which nobody adheres

 09 Oct 18
The law is supposed to fulfil two important functions in society: protecting people’s persons and property, and conflict avoidance.…

Reduce corruption by reducing discretion

05 Sep 18   Martin van Staden
South Africa and other societies spend untold millions on combating the scourge of corruption. Conferences are held on how to fight it more effectively and entire academic fields are dedicated to analysing it.…

Affirmative action: It’s time to up the ante in constitutional discourse

29 Aug 18  
In “The Rule of Law vs the Constitution” (7 August 2018) Sydney Kaye writes of how the Constitution of South Africa itself falls foul of its own commitment to the supremacy of the Rule of Law, as expressed in section 1(c) of the text.…

Media release: Parliamentary deference to executive bills a cause for concern

24 Aug 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) notes with concern a report on legislative performance that shows that Parliament has acquiesced to the executive branch of government substituting Parliament as law-maker and to giving it parliamentary rubber-stamps…

Government’s ‘malicious compliance’ with socio-economic impact assessments

03 Aug 18   Ivo Vegter
Since 1 October 2015, the Cabinet of South Africa has required socio-economic impact assessments (SEIAs) to be conducted whenever Cabinet approval is required for draft policies, bills or regulations.…

Recklessly throwing taxpayer funds at court cases is unconstitutional

25 Jul 18   Martin van Staden
With unemployment and social welfare at crisis levels and an actively shrinking economy, one would expect government to spend the little funds it forcefully extracts from taxpayers on comparatively important things,…

Media release: Subdivision and land use laws hinder land reform and are unconstitutional

23 Jul 18   FMF Media Release
Research conducted by the Rule of Law Project has found that two Acts of Parliament dealing with land use are unconstitutional and are proving to be barriers to effective land reform.…

Media release: Violation of the Rule of Law gave SA the Guptas and Zuma corruption

18 Jun 18   FMF Media Release
The Rule of Law (RoL) protects citizens from abuse of power and corruption by politicians and officials and safeguards individual rights and liberty.…

Violations of the Rule of Law undermine the Political Party Funding Bill

13 Jun 18   Martin van Staden
The Political Party Funding Bill appears to be well on its way to becoming law in South Africa. Its intention to shed light on the identity of those who fund political parties is noble, and arguably essential in a free and just society.…

There is no need for the Hate Speech Bill

23 Apr 18   Chris Hattingh
In what spirit was the Hate Speech Bill drawn up? To add a moral imperative to South African law? To fulfil an aspect of social justice, a vague concept that has gained traction in academia and politics?…

FMF media release: New Hate Speech Bill an improvement, but is still unnecessary

17 Apr 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) welcomes the changes to the controversial Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (the Hate Speech Bill) which were published last week.…

Hate-Speech Bill: A threat to democracy in South Africa

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
On February 8, 2018, the Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG) published a petition, widely covered in the media, decrying the fact that the controversial Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (the hate-speech bill), published for p…

How the Constitutional Court may still save property rights

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
That individuals and communities must have the ability to keep and own things they have earned, found, bought or created, is necessary for any free and just society.…

New traffic law inconsistent with the Rule of Law

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
The illegalities of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill are too numerous to analyse in the space of one article.…

Substantive equality cannot override formal equality

20 Dec 17   Martin van Staden
It is now well-accepted in South African constitutional jurisprudence that the Constitution’s guarantee of equality in section 9 is not merely concerned with ‘formal’ equality (equality at law), but endorses a notion of ‘substantive’ equality.…

Parliament’s surrendering of power to bureaucrats jeopardises democracy

07 Dec 17   Martin van Staden
Did you know that when you drive 140 in a 120 km/h zone, you are not ‘breaking the law’, at least not directly?…

Request for extension of public comment period on bills gazetted during November 2017

30 Nov 17  
The departments of labour and telecommunications and postal services together published four bills on 17 November 2017 with hopelessly inadequate periods for public comment.…

Short comment periods on new laws are unreasonable and unconstitutional

28 Nov 17   Martin van Staden
The South African government seems to be making it a habit to publish new laws, regulations, and policies close to or over a holiday period.…