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IFAISA objects to Zuma’s presidential candidacy March 2014

The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa (IFAISA) lodged an official objection to President Jacob Zuma’s candidacy for the presidency with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Sunday. “We don’t know of a precedent where the presidential candidate was objected to,” the institute’s director Paul Hoffman told the Mail & Guardian. “We are venturing into […]

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Nation’s entire constitutional project is now in jeopardy

THE executive branch of the government has allowed fugitive President Omar al-Bashir to flee via Air Force Base Waterkloof. Now the country finds itself in the invidious position of running with the hare (by supporting Bashir in the face of a court order interdicting his departure) and hunting with the hounds who seek his arrest […]

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The Solidarity shadow report to the UN on racism in SA

When the Constitutional Court sent Captain Renate Barnard away empty handed after her epic struggle to gain promotion in SAPS, many observers felt this was the end of the road for her case and a set-back for the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist society in which unfair discrimination is outlawed and equality before the law […]

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What ails the National Prosecuting Authority?

It is remarkable that Advocate Vusi Pikoli, who was not a public servant between 2007 and his appointment as Western Cape police ombudsman in December 2014, should feature in the news in 2015 in two related historical matters. Firstly: regarding the bugging of his offices in 2007 by operatives illegally engaged by the SA Revenue […]

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Open Letter to Justice Lewis Skweyiya

Mr Justice Lewis Skweyiya Inspecting Judge of Correctional Services Republic of South Africa By Email   12th May 2015   Dear Justice Skweyiya, RE: Open letter: Congratulations on your appointment and a plea for prisoner transfer agreements. Congratulations to Justice Lewis Skweyiya are certainly due now that he has the position of Inspecting Judge of […]

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Banners raised to fruitless and wasteful expenditure

THE banners on either side of the stage, set up for the members of the commission of inquiry into the fitness for office of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana, looked forlornly unnecessary in the brief glimpse TV viewers got of them as the news broke that the commission would go down as […]

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The rise and fall of General Anwa Dramat

It is now, at long last, official. Anwa Dramat, the head of the Hawks, or to give them their statutory name, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, has, according to the National Commissioner of Police “resigned” from the police and as the leader of the unit which, in constitutional terms, is meant to be adequately […]

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Is Dentons up to ‘diving’ the murky depths at Eskom?

THE choice of Dentons to do Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s “deep dive” into the financial malfunctioning of Eskom is an interesting one that has elicited quite a bit of muttered, and possibly green-eyed, comment in the legal fraternity. While Dentons has been in Africa for about 50 years, it has been in Cape Town […]

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