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

 27 Mar 18
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…

Tomorrow it is likely to be your turn to have a freedom you value curtailed

 13 Dec 17
In a democratic society, can government collude with citizens to abuse and undermine the freedoms ordinary South Africans died to ensure? Unfortunately, it can.…

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?…

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.…

Media release: Department of Health plays Mary Poppins

14 Nov 17   FMF Media Release
Aaron Motsoaledi: “…why do kids need nannies? Because there are certain things which they can’t do for themselves; they need somebody to take care of them. We are playing that role…”…

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.…

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.…