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Ever expanding governments breed corruption

15 Feb 17
Publius Cornelius Tacitus, who lived during the first century AD, gave this warning: “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws”.…

The rainbow nation

19 Jan 17
What has happened to Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s “Rainbow Nation of God”?…

Liberal intolerance

24 Nov 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
There is an echo of the post Brexit rebellion in the street protests that have occurred throughout the United States following the election of Donald Trump.…

Sovereign immunity: Are heads of state immune from criminal prosecution?

25 Oct 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
There is a widely held view that the obligation of President Jacob Zuma to account for his past criminal misdeeds is restricted to the 783 charges arising from his relationship with Schabir Shaik.…

The Hawks, the N.P.A. and the rule of law

05 Oct 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
The National Prosecuting Authority (N.P.A.) has a duty, both at common law and under the constitution, to perform its obligations without fear, favour or prejudice.…

‘Struggle bookkeeping’ and ‘ubuntu smuggling’ usual public servant offences

27 Jun 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
IN MARCH 1997, then justice minister Dullah Omar was an eager participant in a welcoming party at Cape Town International Airport for the returning fraudster and eminent ANC activist...…

There are no consequences

15 Jun 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
In March 1997, Minister of Justice, Dullah Omar, was an eager participant at a welcoming party at the Cape Town International Airport for the returning fraudster and eminent ANC activist, Alan Boesak.…

In defence of Thuli Madonsela

18 May 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
Like Burmese stateswoman Ang San Suu Kyi, Thuli Madonsela, a member of the African National Congress (ANC), deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for her steadfast and courageous stand in support of the principle of accountable government.…

The rule of law and the president

20 Apr 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
On 1 November 2011 in an address to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, President Zuma expressed his disquiet at the fact that “the courts” appeared to have assumed a role “above” that of the elected repres…