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Parliament’s surrendering of power to bureaucrats jeopardises democracy

 07 Dec 17
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.…

Core aspects of anti-tobacco proposals fall short of constitutional criteria

27 Nov 17   Leon Louw
What, if anything, does our constitution tell us about anti-smoking laws and policies?…

Illegitimate FSB directive revoked

13 Nov 17   Gary Moore
Until very recently, financial intermediaries and advisers (financial-service providers, FSPs) wishing to reappoint representatives who had been debarred from the industry,…

Mandatory transparency in political party funding could jeopardise South Africa’s democracy

23 Oct 17   Martin van Staden
That political parties should be transparent about their private funders would be a great win for democracy in South Africa.…

London's Uber ban shines light on the sorry State of the Rule of Law

17 Oct 17   Martin van Staden
Transport for London (TfL), the government agency responsible for regulating transportation in the UK’s capital, recently decided to revoke Uber’s license to operate within Greater London.…

Discretionary power – the root of corruption and disinvestment

20 Sep 17   Martin van Staden
Discretion – a power being rather loosely placed in the hands of politicians and officials – is the root of corruption and uncertainty, and consequent disinvestment in South Africa.…

Bid to hide SAA truth shows contempt for public

18 Sep 17   Leon Louw
IT IS worse than we thought. Much worse. So bad, in fact, that the state attorney has resorted to the sinister concealment from the nation of vital information.…

Irrational new regulations for minibus taxis

18 Sep 17   Gary Moore
Worthless and peripheral tinkering at paintwork and logos…

SA should opt out of international customs that violate the Rule of Law

29 Aug 17   Martin van Staden
As a general rule, international law is South African law. There are, however, a few quirks in diplomatic and political customs between nations that should not be tolerated in the Republic of South Africa.…

Free Market Foundation founded on moral economic principles

23 Aug 17   Ayanda Khumalo
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has for forty-two years been working for freedom and prosperity for all.…

Reducing the number of provinces is an affront to the Rule of Law and democracy

02 Aug 17  
The African National Congress’ suggestion that the number of provinces be reduced from nine to six comes as a shock.…

Reckless amendments to the Constitution will be illegal

12 Jul 17   Martin van Staden
Calls to chop and change our Constitution amount to little more than spur-of-the-moment political kneejerks.…

Have we been underemphasising public participation?

04 Jul 17   Martin van Staden
Public participation in the affairs of government is democracy in action. Government receives a general mandate once every five years, however, public participation serves to legitimise particular policies.…

Institutions must remain mindful of their core mandate

27 Jun 17   Martin van Staden
Institutions and the rule of law are the essential elements that protect individual South Africans from the excesses and abuses of state power.…

FAIS: Debarring representatives violates the Rule of Law

14 Jun 17   Gary Moore
The provision of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act of 2002 (“FAIS”) that vests in employers the power and obligation to banish (“debar”) financial-services representatives from the entire industry, has the effect of discriminating…

Media release: Radical legal transformation: Embrace Mandela’s rule of law not apartheid arbitrary governance

13 Jun 17   FMF Media Release
South Africa’s democracy is founded on the “supremacy of the constitution and rule of law.”…

The rule of Anu and Bel

07 Jun 17   Rex van Schalkwyk
“(And) then Anu and Bel (both gods) called by name me, Hammurabi, The Exalted Prince, who feared God, to bring about the rule of righteousness in the land.…

Media release: President Zuma is right! We need Radical Economic Transformation

08 May 17  
President Jacob Zuma is right! We do need radical economic transformation (RET) and the Free Market Foundation (FMF) has been advocating such policies for over 40 years.…

Lipservice or participatory democracy?

12 Apr 17   Martin van Staden
The subjugation of black South Africans to arbitrary, discretionary rule by officialdom and the whims of politicians was one of the hallmarks of apartheid.…

South Africa’s Rule of Quasi-Law

05 Apr 17   Martin van Staden
Quasi-law has become the norm in South Africa, with Parliament acting as a delegator of powers rather than the representative law-making body it is supposed to be.…