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BRIEFING NOTE – MAJOR EVENTS RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY AND THE RULE OF LAW (MAY 2024)

This briefing note seeks to provide a short overview of significant events in the preceding month, relating to Freedom Under Law’s work on the judiciary and the rule of law. The note aims to provide a short overview of key issues, with links to underlying documents and articles where they are available. It is not …

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FREEDOM UNDER LAW STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF JUSTICE LAURIE ACKERMANN (13 January 1934 – 25 May 2024)

Freedom under Law marks the passing of a further founding member of the Constitutional Court (following that of Justice Yvonne Mokgoro): Justice Lourens Wepener Hugo Ackermann.  Justice Laurie Ackermann was born in Pretoria on 13 January 1934. Both his parents were Afrikaans – he was named after the Boer hero, Louw Wepener – one of …

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Commissions, Corruption and State Capture: Charting the Way Forward for South Africa

by Judith February and Sanan Mirzoyev (kindly supported by the Bradlow Foundation and published by SAIIA) South Africa’s fledgling democracy has seen its fair share of commissions over a period of nearly three decades. At the outset, they were used as an instrument in society’s attempts to come to grips with the realities and horrors …

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Reflections on the state of Democracy and Parliament by Judith February

“Parliament, is the embodiment of the…dreams and…aspirations of all our people…it is the voice of all South Africans…it is the watchdog of state resources…for the common good…it is the mouthpiece, the eyes and the service-delivery-ensuring machinery of the people.” Commencing on 22 May 2019, South Africa’s sixth democratically elected Parliament (the Sixth Parliament) looked to …

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Freedom Under Law pays tribute to Justice Yvonne Mokgoro:  19 October 1950- 9 May 2024

Those appointed to South Africa’s first Constitutional Court in October 1994 faced huge challenges. Among them was the need to persuade the new Cabinet and Parliament to take them and their orders seriously, as the ultimate interpreter and guardian of the Constitution; to overcome the prejudice harboured by some of the “old-order” judiciary, particularly in …

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BRIEFING NOTE – MAJOR EVENTS RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY AND THE RULE OF LAW (APRIL 2024)

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This first appeared in the Daily Maverick online today, 26 April 2024

Thirty years on, South Africans again need to appeal to their better angels As we ponder 30 years of democracy this weekend, we will do so with mixed feelings. Freedom’s dividends have been a mixture of strange and bitter fruits, yet marked with moments of success and even joy. South Africa at 30 is a noisy …

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South Africa’s Constitutional Court at 30: A solid foundation but cracks are showing

This piece first appeared online in ‘The Conversation’ on 15 April 2024: Professor Corder is a member of the Freedom Under Law board. South Africa’s Constitutional Court stands out as one of the few government institutions that have protected and advanced the constitutional vision of a participatory democracy and social justice. Many other government institutions which ought …

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BRIEFING NOTE – MAJOR EVENTS RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY AND THE RULE OF LAW (MARCH 2024)

This briefing note seeks to provide a short overview of significant events in the preceding month, relating to Freedom Under Law’s work on the judiciary and the rule of law. The note aims to provide a short overview of key issues, with links to underlying documents and articles where they are available. It is not …

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Freedom Under Law calls for urgent release of reasons for decision by the Electoral Court

Freedom Under Law (FUL) notes the decision of the Electoral Court on 9 April 2024, which overturns a finding of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and allows for former President Jacob Zuma to be included on the list of candidates to contest the upcoming national elections for the MK political party. The Court has to …

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