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Know Your Rights, Claim Your Rights

The purpose of this handbook – Know your Rights, Claim your Rights – is to provide a straightforward overview of the Constitution of South Africa; to set out the basic constitutional rights and responsibilities of all South African citizens and to assist in drawing the attention of civil society to the remedies available when their rights have […]

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The Greater Masiphumele Development Plan

Counsellor Felicity Purchase Ward 69 Cape Town   15 December 2016   Dear Felicity, As you know, the first fire of the summer occurred in Masi last weekend. It was devastating to those affected by it. We have forwarded below some of the string of emails we have exchanged dating back to March this year. […]

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Deputy Minister Manana meets the ‘Manyana Syndrome’

The Spanish word for “tomorrow” is mañana (or “manyana”); in English it has taken on the meaning “an unspecified time in the future”. In the limping and dysfunctional criminal justice administration of South Africa, the manyana syndrome is a prominent feature of the way things are done. Every accused person has a guaranteed right to […]

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Creating an accountable SA via an inviolate anti-corruption unit

CAPE TOWN — Just as constitutionally changing the proportional representation system to make politicians individually accountable to the electorate would radically improve our democracy, so too would an inviolate anti-corruption unit. Creating a unit with the expertise and determination of the politically-disbanded Scorpions, is the culmination of ideas from two top thought leaders. John Kane-Berman, consultant […]

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INDEPENDENCE OF THE HAWKS – ANC claims it is fighting corruption, but evidence points the other way

“There can be no gainsaying that corruption threatens to fell at the knees virtually everything we hold dear and precious in our hard-won constitutional order. It blatantly undermines the democratic ethos, the institutions of democracy, the rule of law and the foundational values of our nascent constitutional project.” Judge Dikgang Moseneke No political party in […]

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Which comes first: The ANC or the Constitution?

Paul Hoffman says those voting in the MONOCO debate bear an awesome responsibility. All of 110 years ago the American Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes made a speech in which he is reported to have said: ““we are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is…” In South Africa today, […]

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The fight for the Scorpions was not in vain

Paul Hoffman says the Glenister cases set important legal precedents.   While the naming and shaming of those who voted the Scorpions out of existence is a timely and valuable exercise, there are positives which have emerged from the messy business of changing the law to suit the convenience (and freedom) of crooked leaders and […]

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Flirtation with tyranny

President Jacob Zuma surely knows that the parliamentary sovereignty of the union and the republic that preceded the establishment of our constitutional order were not a success and did not serve the interests of all the people of SA. His flirtation with the notion that the supremacy of the Constitution should be replaced with the […]

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Theory on Public Protector’s deliberate ‘misstep’ to protect Zuma debunked

CAPE TOWN — When it comes to lawyers at daggers drawn over their respective theories, one is inclined to take the view of a Senior Counsel. Here Accountability Director, Paul Hoffman, SC, debunks former colleague, Andrea Robertson’s fascinating recent Biznews contribution about our increasingly-suspect Public Protector’s motives. In impeccable bench-side manner, he outlines the structural […]

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