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The Hlophe conundrum: Action required

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 5 February 2020 The situation in the Western Cape High Court, where Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath is at war with her boss, Judge President John Hlophe, is approaching a state of nuclear meltdown. Is it expecting too much to assume that the Judicial Service Commission would treat this as […]

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Cadre deployment in the public administration is still illegal, unconstitutional and counter-productive.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has let it be known in his weekly newsletter that:  “We are committed to end the practice of poorly qualified individuals being parachuted into positions of authority through political patronage. There should be consequences for all those in the public service who do not do their work.” It appears the Constitution was, […]

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A reflection on the rise and (possible) fall of John Hlophe JP

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 22 January 2020 Daily Maverick Sensational (in the context of the judiciary) and salacious (again, in the context of the judiciary) allegations have been made against Cape Judge President John Hlophe by his deputy, Patricia Goliath. But this is not the first time Judge Hlophe has courted controversy. Back in […]

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LETTER: Make the Eskom board pay

16 January 2020 – 16:16 Business day In all the discussion and deliberations about the economy-shrinking ailments that have caused Eskom to become slowly less capable of maintaining a reliable supply of electricity, the role of years of deliberate decisions not to maintain Eskom plant and equipment has not enjoyed sufficient attention. It is undeniably […]

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There are none so blind as those who will not see

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 16 January 2020 The aims of the National Democratic Revolution as espoused by the ANC, and reiterated in 2020’s January 8th Statement, are in direct conflict with the Constitution of South Africa. Oscar van Heerden’s columns are usually insightful and informative. In his most recent contribution to the columns of […]

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25 years after apartheid

Paul Hoffman SC | 15 January 2020 | Paul Hoffman’s perspective on the political and economic woes of current-day SA 25 years after apartheid: a perspective on the political and economic woes of current-day South Africa Nelson Mandela, then the world’s most famous political prisoner, was released from prison in February 1990. He brought about […]

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In defence of South African hope

By Marianne Thamm • 8 January 2020 To guard against being overwhelmed by the electronic debris that is the global contemporary news cycle, you need to go looking for True North. The compass has always been approximate so you have to do some of the work, in the real world, that is. Cast your mind […]

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Luthuli House functionaries are critical of constitutionalism

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 10 December 2019 The ANC-led alliance does not regard the Constitution as the end goal of its endeavours. It is instead a ‘bridgehead’ in the ongoing revolutionary struggle towards victory in the national democratic revolutionary striving for hegemonic control of all the levers of power in society. There is no […]

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