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In this week’s feature article, Martin van Staden illustrates that discretionary powers which ought to be applied objectively are being abused for subjective political gains. To comply with the rule of law, legislation containing discretionary powers granted to government Ministers and officials must be limited by objective criteria that specify how such powers are to be exercised. Without such limitations, we have the rule of man instead of the rule of law. Using the examples of repeated SAA bailouts, the pardon of the First Lady of Zimbabwe, and the Schools Act, van Staden makes the case that the abuse of discretionary powers results in a weakening of the rule of law.

FEATURE article  

Discretionary power – the root of corruption and disinvestment – 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. South Africa already has the legal framework required to turn around and start down the path to prosperity. The Rule of Law, a principle found in section 1(c) of the Constitution, states that discretion should be effectively circumscribed and limited.

WEEKLY smile  

Education needs radical transformation. Don’t leave our children in the apartheid era

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Wednesday, September 27 EVENING TALK  Garreth Bloor, Founder & MD of Glenheim (Pty) Ltd  Want economic growth? Repeal bad law! @17h45H00 @ FMF RSVP

Thursday, September 28 MEDIA BRIEFING & LAUNCH  Will South Africa crash and burn? @ 11H00 @ FMF Neil Emerick, Director & founder of NightsBridge & software developer –  RSVP

Wednesday, 25 October (non-FMF event) Agbiz information day, Paarl, Western Cape | Current challenges in policy and legislation environment and opportunities in the agribusiness sector. RSVP before 25 September 2017 by clicking HERE

27-29 October  Libsem Wakkerstroom  (non-FMF event) This year’s libertarian seminar will be held at Papillon in Wakkerstroom from 27-29 October.  The registration which includes 3 lunches, teas and coffees is R450 per person. For more information, please contact Frances Kendall on

Saturday, 4 November The Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre Award presentation in Cape Town @ Artscape Opera House, Cape Town RSVP


WORTH reading  

The lust for power led to Rome’s decline and fall
Legal and illegal are not right and wrong
KPMG and the loss of ethics

In honour of Michael O’Dowd – the eclectic South African classical liberal

FMF in the media  

Business Day column Don’t be fooled – all regulation is really about seeking to control you

Media release SAA is dead in the water – why bother with a bailout?

Media digest AUGUST 2017 for all media coverage

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